[ExI] The Circle of Coercion

Max More max at maxmore.com
Sat May 9 02:36:18 UTC 2009

Daniel: I agree with almost all of what you've written on this thread 
(and have enjoyed your clarity of expression). However, I'm puzzled 
by what seems to be your complete rejection of "tacit consent". Do 
you really deny that this can exist? The classic example is when you 
walk into a restaurant. You may (or may not) look at the prices, but 
you never explicitly say that you will pay them. But you certainly 
don't expect to be able to walk out without paying. The burden is on 
you -- quite reasonably -- to pay up, unless you have explicitly 
announced to the owner or manager in charge that you are ordering the 
food with no intention of paying.

I agree that it's easy for statist-minded people to abuse the idea of 
implicit/tacit consent, but that's not sufficient reason to reject it 
entirely. Right? As I recall, even Murray Rothbard accepts this case 
of tacit consent.


Max More, Ph.D.
Strategic Philosopher
Extropy Institute Founder
max at maxmore.com

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