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by Roman Busta

An important false assumption in libertarianism is that everyone shares self-ownership. In praxeological terms, it doesn’t even make sense because not everyone demonstrates a preference for self-governance.

In scientific terms, it especially doesn’t work because ownership requires reciprocity. Generally speaking, nobody strong enough to rule over you, who ascribes to and shares different interests than you, will ever permit you to own yourself when it is more profitable for them to extract tax dollars from the many individuals that reside in a given geographical territory by demonstrating sovereignty. That’s just the way it is.

So, there can only be liberty through sovereignty, never sovereignty through liberty. Therefore you have two practical choices. Either you submit to the sovereign who shares your values so that you can compete, or you submit to the sovereign who has interests adversarial to your own.

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