Libertarianism vs. community: Reply to Simpson

Critical Review 9 (3):421-425 (1995)
Like many libertarian thinkers, Simpson assumes that the minimal state is culturally neutral. This is false. Libertarianism is a theory opposed to hierarchy at the state level. As such, it also undermines the grounds for hierarchy at the community level. Since communities require some form of hierarchy not only to exist but to generate meaningful culture, libertarianism is inherently nonneutral towards culture. From this it follows that Simpson's idea of a minimal state overseeing various nonliberal communities cannot be realized within the libertarian framework. In its place, I defend republicanism, which makes no pretensions toward cultural neutrality.
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