Should Propertarians Be Considered Libertarians? Why Or Why Not?

”Propertarian” was originally used in a derogatory sense to refer to the those people for whom all questions of social decidability were reduced to questions of property. Over time this has evolved into an accurate description of the libertarians of various stripes.

Today we have a branch of political theory (to which I’m one of the major contributors), we specifically call ‘Propertarianism”, where we have used the reduction of all questions of ethics, morality, politics, economics, to questions of property, and as a consequence created a formal grammar of Natural Law – which while wordy and terminologically rigorous is very hard for courts to interpret or legislators to construct dishonestly.

However, in the process of doing so we discovered that the two branches of libertarianism were irreconcilably opposed.

1) the first of which we would consider jeffersonian constitutionalism – the attempt to create a written constitution derived from natural law (an inclusive law) – with the retention of the enlightenment demand for the production of commons; And so we use the term “Propertarian” and not libertarian.


2) the second of which we would consider the attempt to apply eastern european Jewish law (a separatist law) to natural law absent commons – such that each branch contained an entirely different ethical and moral basis. This group varies between the use of the terms anarcho-capitalism and libertarian.

So we now separate high trust anglo saxon natural law of the classical liberal period (Anglo common law), from the low trust eastern european law of the borderland period (Ukraine/Russia).

This same division applies to the term Austrian Economics, which we separate into the Christian Mengerian attempt to bring the calculus to economics, and the Jewish and Misesian attempt to state economics as an axiomatic system – effectively as law.

We can view the Anglo Empirical, German Rationalist, and Jewish Hermeneutic traditions as conceptual boxes each culture has a very hard time eliminating its dependence upon.

Curt Doolittle
The Propertarian Institute
Kiev, Ukraine

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