Libertarian Transitions Part I: The Frodo Myth

Quite frequently in conversation with other libertarians I encounter a certain perception of the State, which I believe is misconceived. This view holds the State to be a more or less unitary entity, unalloyed in its composition and inflexible in its cohesiveness. The implications of this misconception are most apparent in a popular libertarian myth, which offers an attractive, but unlikely solution to the exercise of State power. I refer to this as the 'Frodo Myth' for its similarity to the role of Frodo Baggins in J.R.R. Tolkien's 'Lord of the Rings' trilogy. As libertarians, I believe we would do well to dispense both with the myth and the false premise upon which it rests.

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