Questions for Independence Day Evening
By Art Carden
I thought it best to honor the principles of liberty on Independence Day by reviewing a long defense of the idea that governments’ claims to political authority are indefensible. I’m finishing a review if Michael Huemer’s The Problem of Political Authority. I’m especially interested in his discussion of the social contract: he argues that theories of social contracts that justify government coercion fail.
For a few years, the bloggers at Let a Thousand Nations Bloom would call the week of Independence Day “Secession Week.” In this light, here are a few questions:
1. Is our “social contract” valid?
2. Six years ago, Bryan Caplan wrote that “it’s hard to see why American independence was worth a war.” Is Bryan right?
3. If political bonds were to dissolve, what would a new Declaration of Independence look like?