Bob Murphy recently suggested that I must be using some idiosyncratic definition of 'politics' when I noted that anarcho-capitalism is quite obviously a political movement and advocating it is engaging in 'politics.'
Here is Michael Oakeshott defining 'politics' to open his essay "Talking Politics":
"Politics is not concerned with anything or everything which it may come into a man's head to want and to contend for but with the consideration of the arrangements and rules which give shape to an association of human beings."
We should note here:
1) Oakeshott was a professor of politics;
2) He quite probably had never heard of anarcho-capitalism when he penned those words; and
3) He puts this forward as a commonplace idea, not worth arguing for but merely worth mentioning to orient his readers to what he will discuss.
If we ever see an anarcho-capitalist society, there will be plenty of politics going on in it, e.g. "considerations" of whether fractional reserve banking or intellectual property is legitimate, and so on.
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