…by Matt at Without Hyphens, in A Meme for Market Anarchists, Left Libertarians, Agorists, etc.
What motivated you to start looking into Anarchist/Libertarian thought?
For me, the ball started rolling with Russ Roberts’ The Choice in my final year of undergrad, although I had previously been exposed to the elementary ideas of general libertarianism, the minimal state, Ayn Rand, the Second Amendment, and so on. Anyways, this book spurred my interest in Economics, so I continued down that path with Hayek’s “Road to Serfdom,” Friedman’s “Capitalism and Freedom,” and Mises’ “Human Action.” I returned to grad school at a small, private school which taught predominately Austrian economic theory. Anarchism, for me, was just the inevitably logical progression from libertarianism. I kind of think that Libertarians are like self-loathing anarchists. Sure, I was probably as stubborn as the next minarchist in the early days or weeks, but logic got the best of me in the end. I really struggled with things like Intellectual Property, national defense, and so on. During my introductory phase while I was “on-the-fence” so to speak, I attended the Mises University where I was able to meet and talk with theorists like Bob Murphy and Hans Hoppe. In addition to furthering my knowledge of economic history, they shed some more light on some of the libertarian pitfalls. From there it’s been a mash-up of mostly independent thinking and reading and blogging and debating with people.
This is where I tag people:
1. William @ Human Iterations
2. Francois @ Check Your Premises
3. Dan @ The Meathaus