In the second episode of the newly created “Liberty, Bigly Podcast,” Patrick invites Patron Kyle on the show to discuss child welfare in a voluntary society along with a smattering of other libertarian topics.  This is the first time child welfare has been addressed on the podcast.

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Show Notes:

“Capitalism and Freedom” by Milton Friedman (Amazon Affiliate Link)

“Free to Choose” by Milton Friedman (Amazon Affiliate Link)

“Illegal Immigration only helps when its illegal” Milton Friedman (Youtube)

“Migrant Crisis is America’s Fault” Ron Paul (Youtube)

“Ron Paul offers alternative solution to fixing America’s illegal immigration problem” (Youtube)

Murray Rothbard on Milton Friedman (Youtube)

“How to Stop Inflation” Milton Friedman (Youtube)

“Discrimination and Disparities” by Thomas Sowell (Amazon Affiliate Link)

By Patrick MacFarlane

Patrick MacFarlane is a Wisconsin attorney in private practice. He is the host of the Liberty Weekly Podcast at www.libertyweekly.net, where he covers libertarian legal theory, noninterventionist foreign policy, Austrian economics, history, and other libertarian topics. His is a regular contributor at the Libertarian Institute at http://www.libertarianinstitute.org/patrick His work also appears on http://www.antiwar.com in the viewpoints section. He may be reached at patrick.macfarlane@libertyweekly.net

3 thoughts on “Child Welfare in a Voluntary Society ft. Patron Kyle Ep. 2”
  1. What helped me in my own understanding on rights as applied to children was when I simply read the phrase “future self-owner” in Ethics of Liberty.
    The child possesses all of the rights that self-owners have, but cannot grant consent. The child has a guardian that stewards the child until the child becomes a self-owner. This is why is not acceptable to murder, rape, torture, steal, etc., a child, as they have the same lawful protections as adults.
    The guardian shall be liable for any damages to the child during the guardianship to the extent it is reasonable to do so.
    A notable example is when NAMBLA published a letter stating that they should adopt children in Africa who would otherwise starve to death. Walter Block went immediately to the defense of NAMBLA, under the argument that it is better for the children to suffer until they are adults than to perish. I don’t recall all of Block’s arguments, but the first I considered is of the decision of the parents of the children destined to otherwise starve to death. Assuming this is the case, the parents handing their child to a child molester is essentially making the same decision that the vast majority of adults make when faced with choosing death or being raped by a rapist. Second, if the NAMBLA member adopts the child and agrees to be the child’s guardian, and performs acts of aggression against the child, the following can now occur: the NAMBLA member has lost any actual guardian’s rights, and a new guardian may adopt the child and force a lawsuit against the NAMBLA member – just the kind of opportunity lawyers love. Under the condition that there arrives no legal savior for the child, when the child becomes a future self-owner, the child will have right to sue NAMBLA member for all aggressions. So even in this rather extreme scenario, the child is ultimately better off so long as it is agreed that surviving to adulthood is better than starving to death as a child.

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