Property Rights and Equilibria of Force

Francois-Rene Rideau Francois-Rene Rideau <>
Sat, 2 Jun 2001 11:53:02 +0200

Dear Paul,

On Sat, Jun 02, 2001 at 06:03:38PM +1200, Paul Foley wrote:
> To: Francois-Rene Rideau <>
> Subject: Re: Property Rights and Equilibria of Force
> From: Paul Foley <>
> Date: 02 Jun 2001 18:03:38 +1200
> X-Mailer: Gnus v5.6.45/XEmacs 21.0(beta67) - "20 minutes to Nikko"

I suppose you meant this message for

>> First, this system has the advantage that any property protection costs
>> are borne by the one who is claiming property, rather than by the people
>> he tries to exclude from the claimed property. This is but justice.
> Doesn't this argument apply to _all_ property?
Of course it does.

> If you agree with this (and I do), then is there no
> justification for "public force" at all?
There is an economic justification to some individuals
pooling their defensive efforts in a common force.
There is no justification whatsoever for anyone
to claim monopoly on such force and force everyone
to either join or be plundered (or killed if one tries to resist).

Yours freely,

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