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.


Thoughts on Libertarian-Distributism

Keir Martland's recent post on integrating parts of Catholic distributism into libertarianism is an important one. It addresses certain concerns about the present course of the libertarian movement that require attention. If this work is followed through, it would be to the substantial benefit of our cause. These are my thoughts on why.