Hoppe on Tribalism

Anarcho/Libertarian/Austrian giant, Hans-Hermann Hoppe, with the help of the Ludwig von Mises Institute, has recently published an essay delivered by Hoppe all the way back in 1997.  Borrowing from Lenin, Hoppe called this essay: ‘What Must Be Done‘, and it serves as an introduction to tribalism/localism as a viable alternative to the top-down leviathan we call ‘The State’.  It is clear, it is concise, it is informative, and in my mind-it is essential to the genre.


The essay spends a lot of time, as one would assume for one of Hoppe’s caliber, dealing with the need for private property as well as the need to protect private property.  And according to Hoppe, this is where things get rotten.  As with any monopoly (the quality decreases while the cost increases), the monopolization of protection by the state is inevitably disastrous for the owners of private property.  Like Hoppe, I agree that the democratization of the protection monopoly has actually exasperated the problem, not solved it.

But it wont stop there as once the state has its claws on private property, self-interest of the state would dictate that it increase its hold, not loosen it.  And as we are witnessing, the best, fastest way to evangelize the private property owners of their need for the state’s protection is to educate them as to the enormous value the state monopoly actually provides the private property owner-even to the point where the private property owner is willing to concede his or her own property.  And as it necessarily follows, one’s freedom as well.

Society, or community dictates that we congregate with those of like-values in order that we can increase the sum of our production through the division of labor.  And this market coordination is a beautiful thing.  A God-ordained thing in my mind.  ”Blessed are the Peacemakers” is what our Lord preached.  And apart from the Gospel of Christ, has anything provided more peace among neighbors than the division of labor?  Feel free to correct me if I error in my conclusion.  For the record, it is clear that Hoppe sees the need/value in the division of labor, and how that coordination leads to people ‘not being at each other’s throats’.

The book ends with some steps that those interested in bottom-up localism can take to stop the bleeding and start doing ‘what must be done’ in order to re-claim our private property.

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