The Libertarian Idea
by Jan Narveson

He argues for a contractual basis for morality and cooperation. But he fails to see that people would have had to cooperate for many generations already before they could develop language enough to make any verbal contract and would have to develop quite a civilization over many more generations before they could learn how to read and sign any written contracts.

It is an enjoyable book, full of stimulating insights. Clever, wide-ranging, and humorous. He is better at criticizing than in building his own system. But he has a lot to say that is worth reading and rereading.

"In general, our right is to play the game; it is not a right to win, but only to do our best, within the rules, to win." p.43

Year Read: 1989

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