What Is Anarchy?

by Butler Shaffer 2004 I have mixed feelings about the use of labels to describe philosophical views, whether of myself or others. It is difficult to avoid doing so because our efforts to understand and communicate about the world necessarily involve the use of words and words are, as Alfred Korzybski warned us, abstractions that never […]

‘The Extremists Are Coming; The Extremists Are Coming!’

by Butler Shaffer A recent discussion on the Fox Business channel, amongst John Stossel, Stuart Varney, and Judge Andrew Napolitano, has raised, once again, the empty charge directed at libertarians: “you are being an extremist!” Such words are always offered in lieu of a substantive analysis of the position advocated. That both Albert Einstein and Jeffery […]

Boundaries of Order Private Property as a Social System

Every once in a while, a treatise on libertarian philosophy appears that presages a new way of thinking about politics and economics. Mises’s Liberalism, Rothbard’s Ethics of Liberty, and Hoppe’s Democracy: The God That Failed come to mind. Boundaries of Order by Butler Shaffer is in that tradition, scholarly yet passionate, providing a completely fresh look at a marvelous intellectual […]

Just Shut Up or Die

By Butler Shaffer June 12, 2013 “Doctor Murnau: A crowd is easier to control than an individual. A crowd has a common purpose. The purpose of the individual is always in question.” ~ From the movie Kafka My recent book, The Wizards of Ozymandias, was dedicated “To the memory and spirit of Sophie and Hans Scholl and the White Rose, who […]