Thursday, August 10, 2006

Welcome to Murder Park!

This is the blog for the Podcast "Murder Park," a weekly libertarian bullsession with co-hosts Stephan Kinsella and Gil Guillory, and other rotating panelists and occasional guests.

Our name is drawn from an example by Walter Block. In Radical Privatization and other Libertarian Conundrums, for example, Block noted that under libertarianism, a "murder park" would be legal--"where people may shoot one another, provided only that all of them had agreed to take part in this game, and there are thick walls so that no outsiders are shot".

The point, of course, is that the basis of all political norms is private property, which permits property owners to establish the rules of use of their property.

Anarcho-Austrian-libertarianism is the viewpoint enunciated by thinkers in the tradition of Mises, Rothbard, and Hoppe--to some of us, the libertarian trinity.


Matt said...

Do you really support Murder Park? I thought he used that as an example of radical alienability, something you oppose?

Stephan Kinsella said...

I don't think you need to believe in contractual inalienability to support the idea of murder park. I mean it's not like youcan't leave, or change your mind. But inalienability theory does not prevent people from consenting to physical harm. It's more like a football or boxing game.