003: Values and the Social Order: Voluntary Versus Coercive Orders (Avebury Series in Philosophy)

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Friends of the free society judge a social order by whether it promotes personal liberty. This text seeks to distinguish between voluntary orders like the market and coercive orders like the state, to examine the view that private property breeds order and that the market, logically and historically, precedes the state. In recent times, coercive structures have tended to crowd out voluntary institutions. The builders of the modern welfare democracy did not intend the coercive society into which it has developed. Voluntary private law has been gradually eroded and replaced by coercive "public" (state) law. Convention and custom reply on benign informal decentralized enforcement, statute law on insensitive centralized political enforcement. However, increasing mobile resources of wealth-creation and technological innovation have strengthened the market and its institutions. The powers of the state will shrink as they ease escape from its coercious. We live in increasingly liberating voluntary spontaneous societies with international commerce to reinforce freedom from coercive structures.

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