Fraud, Punishment, and Libertarian Moral Theory: Can They Peacefully Coexist?


You know if you've a taste for recondite discussions of libertarian moral philosophy, from first principles to detailed applications.

If you do, this post from Bryan Caplan along with its comment thread, and the comment threads of the Will Wilkinson and Tyler Cowen posts with which he jousted, should make your Wednesday afternoon philosophicalrific with all their musings on whether a rigorous libertarian moral theory can indict fraud or allow punishment. (Most in the Cowen thread seem unaware of the once quite influential Robert LeFevre, who famously believed you could not properly cut ropes you had been tied with by an assailant if they weren't your ropes.)