Freedom Feens is a daily, liberty-oriented radio program and podcast with Michael W. Dean and a rotating cast of co-hosts.
Freedom Feen Derrick J Freeman and I co-hosted today’s show. The 2-hour show is broadcast live at LRN.FM weeknights at midnight Central time and at noon on weekends.
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Being a government prosecutor — Ferguson, MO protests — future justice systems — Ignorance of the law is no excuse — selling raw milk without permission — prosecutors refuse cases — Why Catholics should be libertarian — heroine sold in vending machines? — libertarianism in the Bible — Mind your own business — Derrick’s concealed carry appeal
The centerpiece of the libertarian political philosophy is the nonaggression principle which prohibits any person from initiating physical force against another person. Such force–universally prohibited to individuals–fairs no better when government claims such power for itself.
J.R.R.Tolkien (1892 – 1973) is one such libertarian: A Catholic Englishman who understood Lord Acton’s maxim: “Power tends to corrupt, and absolute powers corrupts absolutely.”
Viewing state power as illegitimate, Tolkien described himself as a philosophical anarchist:
“My political opinions lean more and more to Anarchy (philosophically understood, meaning the abolition of control not whiskered men with bombs) — or to ‘unconstitutional’ Monarchy. I would arrest anybody who uses the word State (in any sense other than the inaminate real of England and its inhabitants, a thing that has neither power, rights nor mind); and after a chance of recantation, execute them if they remained obstinate! If we could go back to personal names, it would do a lot of good. Government is an abstract noun meaning the art and process of governing and it should be an offence to write it with a capital G or so to refer to people. […] Anyway the proper study of Man is anything but Man; and the most improper job of any man, even saints (who at any rate were at least unwilling to take it on), is bossing other men. Not one in a million is fit for it, and least of all those who seek the opportunity. ” The Letters of J. R. R. Tolkien.
I hope you enjoy this very listenable biography and background on this great storyteller: