[ExI] your big chance

Dan TheBookMan danust2012 at gmail.com
Sat Jan 18 20:53:40 UTC 2020

Personal autonomy, yes, but not obedience to others or a right to rule over others. If there's a duty to obey someone, that would mean the obedient don't have personal autonomy, no? The right to rule is the flip side of this.

You seem to conflate being ruled by someone else with respecting their autonomy. That's simply not the case in the ordinary meaning of being ruled or of obeying. (No one is someone's obedient servant merely because they don't rob, assault, or kill that person. No one is someone's ruler because that other person doesn't rob, assault, or kill them. If you disagree, then your world must abound in rulers and servants in a way that the terms make no distinctions over anyone save for folks living apart from everyone else.) In fact, an attack on someone's person or life is someone else really attempting to rule over them. It's treating them as if they're not autonomous -- not an end in themselves. And the right to stop them extends only so far as preserving autonomy. That doesn't put one into relationship as their ruler -- as the right ends when they're stopped (and maybe, in some cases, restitution* or further harm prevention+).



* As in you intentionally break my vase, you pay to replace it plus some damages.

+ As in you're proved to be a repeat offender, perhaps you're no longer permitted near my vase collection.

On Saturday, January 11, 2020, 12:52:44 AM PST, Rafal Smigrodzki via extropy-chat <extropy-chat at lists.extropy.org> wrote:

> On Mon, Jan 6, 2020 at 3:02 PM Dan TheBookMan via extropy-chat <extropy-chat at lists.extropy.org> wrote:

On the issue of libertarianism: Does anyone have a right to rule over anyone else? Does anyone have a duty to obey anyone else?

### Strictly as a libertarian - of course, yes to both, for many values of "rule" and "obey". Enemies who refuse to let you live - they may need to be ruled, and they certainly must obey. Follows neatly from the notions of personal autonomy that are the bedrock of libertarianism.

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