Dave is a libertarian commentator, covering the globe. Libertarians believe in limited­­ — or no — government. Dave now favors anarchy (“no ruler”) as the ideal. His many other interests include leadership, entrepreneurship, and animal welfare.


Open the Borders Pending the End of Borders

by David E. Shellenberger on July 21, 2014

Free immigration, like free trade, is a moral issue. Government’s restriction of immigration violates natural rights, creates immoral results, and deprives us of morally positive benefits.

States draw borders to define the territory they claim to control. Since states are criminal enterprises, the lines they draw, and the restrictions on immigration they impose, are illegitimate.

When we are rid of states, we will be free of national borders. In the meantime, as a matter of morality and compassion, we should advocate all nations open their borders.

Migration Is a Natural Right

As Judge Andrew P. Napolitano observes, “the freedom to travel is a fundamental natural right.” Judge Napolitano discusses the religious basis for natural rights; there is also a philosophical basis — natural rights are grounded in morality. [click to continue…]

The Absurdity of Tolerating the State

by David E. Shellenberger on May 18, 2014

Advocates for liberty confront issue after issue, day after day. This is like shooing angry wasps. The problem is the nest. We can tolerate the nest and continue to be stung, or we can solve the problem.

It is necessary to deal with the problem of the state, and not merely the endless symptoms of its existence. One way to gain perspective is to recognize the absurdity of tolerating the state.

Practical Case for Anarchy

In “The Obviousness of Anarchy,” John Hasnas writes, “I have been asked to present an argument for anarchy. This is an absurdly easy thing to do. In fact, it is a task that can be discharged in two words — look around.”

Professor Hasnas addresses the “core functions” of government defended by classical liberals. He presents the case that government is not necessary for providing law, courts, police, or other purported public goods, or for dealing with externalities. These services originated outside of government, and continue to be provided privately.

As to national defense, Professor Hasnas points out that, absent government, there will not be a nation; thus there will not be a need for national defense. The real need is defense of people. [click to continue…]

Appearance on Libertas Media, April 18, 2014

April 22, 2014

I enjoyed being a guest on Brian Wilson’s Libertas Media Project podcast. We discussed anarchism, the nature of government, the economy, thriving in a dangerous world, investing, the state’s theft of our dignity, and security as liberty. My related articles include: “Financial Reform Bill: Don’t Bank on Government Regulation” “Invitation to Liberty“ “The Gift of Truth” [...]

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Only When We Are Free of Rulers Will We Live with Dignity

April 15, 2014

Dignity requires liberty. Only when we are truly free — free of rulers — will we live with dignity. The state steals our dignity. It imposes authority, exploits fear, compels collectivism, enforces conformity, and demands capitulation. It denies respect for individual rights and responsibilities, the essence of human dignity. A victim might have to obey [...]

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Security Means Liberty: Why You Cannot Trade One for the Other

April 11, 2014

Security means being free from danger, threat, or harm. It is a state that cannot fully exist, and one that would make our lives sterile if it did exist. Helen Keller cautioned, Security is mostly a superstition. It does not exist in nature, nor do the children of men as a whole experience it. Avoiding danger [...]

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Tear Down Trade Walls, Unilaterally

March 21, 2014

Free trade is a moral issue. When government stands between buyers and sellers and imposes tariffs, quotas, or other barriers, it interferes with the right of people to engage in exchange. It also impedes all the morally positive effects of trade. Trade between people in different countries is no different from trade between people in different [...]

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March 2014: Fighting Neofascism in Hungary

March 16, 2014

A year ago, in “Hungary, March 2013, Part II: Emerging Neofascism,” we discussed the problem of neofascism in Hungary — represented by bigotry and extreme nationalism —and the efforts of the Hungarian Free Market Foundation to counter this plague. The problem continues to draw international media attention. Three examples follow. First, on May 18, 2013, the [...]

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The Gift of Truth

March 2, 2014

If your eyes have opened, and you see the truth, then you know that liberty means no ruler. You know that democracy is not the goal, since it is just a form of government. You understand that a constitutional government is still a government, and that a constitution does not really constrain. You recognize that [...]

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Remembering Rev. Spencer Morgan Rice

January 31, 2014

It has been my privilege to know a few great men. One was Rev. Spencer Morgan Rice, who passed away on January 15, 2014. In 1989, a friend who was active in Trinity Church in Boston, Massachusetts suggested that I attend an Inquirers’ Class. This was a good idea. After Rev. Rice’s presentation, I was [...]

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Visit to Wolf Conservation Center: Elephant Edition

December 18, 2013

I recently wrote about my first visit to the Wolf Conservation Center (WCC). I enjoyed visiting again on December 7th for the program “Saving Elephants – One Creature at a Time.” The speaker was Carol Buckley, the founder, president, and CEO of Elephant Aid International (EAI). Ms. Buckley also co-founded The Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee. Many [...]

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