Nozick then proceeds to discuss disputes between clients of different protection agencies. Certainly not, even if it wishes to preclude fighting. For if the ultra-minimal state does not do so, then it is apparently immoral, which contradicts Nozick's original supposition. Nozick vs. Rawls on Justice, Rights and the State Your account of the 1970s debate over economic justice, individual rights and the state (Robert L. Pollock, “Capitalism for Consenting Adults,” Jan. 28, 2002) is a fitting tribute to Robert Nozick on his untimely death last week. He combined Austrian economics with a fervent commitment to individual liberty. Nozick, furthermore, gets himself into a deeper quagmire when he adds that a blackmail exchange is not "productive" because outlawing the exchange makes one party (the blackmailee) no worse off. Why then for protection agencies under anarchism? He is generous to a fault. For that absolutist anarchist, no amount of compensation would suffice to assuage his grief. And, if we look at approximations to anarchist court and protective systems in history, we again see a great deal of evidence of the falsity of Nozick's contention. As Childs writes: What is to check its power? See also pp. He opposes the arguments for a more extensive state and their idea of distributive justice .  Austrian subjective value theory shows us that people's utility scales are always subject to change, and that they can neither be measured nor known to any outside observer. Robert Nozick, “Anarchy, State, and Utopia,” libertarian response to Rawls which argues that only a “minimal state” devoted to the enforcement of contracts and protecting people against crimes like assault, robbery, fraud can be morally justified. As Childs forcefully points out, Nozick, wishes to prohibit us from turning to any of a number of competing agencies, other than the dominant protection agency. An agency arises which copies the procedures of the minimal state, allows the state to sit in on its trials, proceedings, and so forth. In the first place, both transactions are voluntary, and within the purview of both parties' property rights. The course was a debate between the two; Nozick's side is in Anarchy, State, and Utopia, and Walzer's side is in his Spheres of Justice (1983), in which he argues for "complex equality". A basic fallacy is endemic to all social-contract theories of the State, namely, that any contract based on a promise is binding and enforceable. But, if blackmail were outlawed either totally or in Nozick's "just price" version, the thwarted blackmailer would simply disseminate the secrets for free — would give away the information (Block's "gossip or blabbermouth").  Thus, "if I pay you for not harming me, I gain nothing from you that I wouldn't possess if either you didn't exist at all or existed without having anything to do with me. And then I suppose we could "compensate" them by giving them healthful food, clothing, playgrounds, and teaching them a useful trade in the "resort" detention camp.  For Nozick concedes that if the risky activities of others were legitimate, then prohibition and compensation would not be valid, and that we would then be "required instead to negotiate or contract with them, whereby they agree not to do the risky act in question. Why is there such an "economy of scale" in the protection business that Nozick feels will lead inevitably to a near-natural monopoly in each geographical area? What is the Austrian School of Economics? For first, compensation, in the theory of punishment, is simply a method of trying to recompense the victim of crime; it must in no sense be considered a moral sanction for crime itself. In short, if every time that the dominant agency and the independents work out their disputes in advance, Nozick then calls this "one agency," then by definition he precludes the peaceful settlement of disputes without a move onward to the compulsory monopoly of the ultra-minimal state. Journal of Libertarian Studies 1 (Winter 1977): 15–21, available in PDF; Roy A. Childs, Jr., "The Invisible Hand Strikes Back," Journal of Libertarian Studies 1 (Winter 1977): 23–33, available in PDF; John T. Sanders, "The Free Market Model Versus Government: A Reply to Nozick," Journal of Libertarian Studies 1 (Winter 1977): 35–44, available in PDF; Jeffrey Paul, "Nozick, Anarchism and Procedural Rights," Journal of Libertarian Studies 1, no.  Perhaps, perhaps not. Under this situation, it cannot be alleged that this agency is any more "risky" than the state.  Nozick also reiterates Hayek's position on charging for the use of one's solitary waterhole.  Listen to this chapter in MP3, read by Jeff Riggenbach. But this means, too, that his attempt to justify the prohibition of any "non-productive" activities — including risk — fails as well, and hence fails, on this ground alone, Nozick's attempt to justify his ultra-minimal (as well as his minimal) state. Or, again, would Nozick make it illegal for Brown to subtly let Green know about the projected pink building and then let nature take its course, say, by advertising in the paper about the building and sending Green the clipping? Well, then, the only reply is that this is his own proper assumption of risk. House of Cards: Has the US Economy Recovered? But then, reversing his field once more, Nozick adds — inconsistently with his own assertion that the blackmailer's silence is not productive — that "On the view we take here, a seller of such silence could legitimately charge only for what he forgoes by silence … including the payments others would make to him to reveal the information." 178ff. And yet, advocates of the compensation principle have demonstrated that cash — which leaves the recipients free to buy whatever they wish — is far better from their point of view than any compensation in kind. Are they to be compensated for their horror at seeing the State emerge?  Furthermore, in Nozick's progression, every stage of the derivation of the state is supposed to be moral, since it supposedly proceeds without violating anyone's moral rights. 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By arguing that the minimal state is justified, Nozick seeks to refute anarchism, which opposes any state whatsoever; by arguing that no more than the minimal state is justified, Nozick seeks to refute modern forms of liberalism, as well as socialism and other leftist ideologies, which contend that, in addition to its powers as a night watchman, the state should have the powers to regulate the … In the conception offered here, it was introduced by Robert Nozick, whose Anarchy, State, and Utopia is the most influential work supporting libertarianism by an … How then does Nozick proceed from his "ultra-minimal" to his "minimal" State? If, then, everyone — in itself of course a heroic assumption — in a state of nature surrendered all or some of his rights to a State, the social-contract theorists consider this promise to be binding forevermore. Furthermore, as Childs points out, what about the risk involved in having a compulsory monopoly protection agency? Nozick's theory depends on people's utility scales being constant, measurable, and knowable to outside observers, none of which is the case. In blackmail, however, what is being "threatened" is something that the blackmailer most certainly does have a right to do! I maintain, in fact, that there is no Nozickian stopping point from his ultra-minimal state to the maximal, totalitarian state. , A tangential but important point on compensation: adopting Locke's unfortunate "proviso," on homesteading property rights in unused land, Nozick declares that no one may appropriate unused land if the remaining population who desire access to land are "worse off. On the same note, his minimal state sits between welfare state principle proposed by Rawls and a state of anarchy. But how does one distinguish, as proper compensation must, between those who have been deprived of their desired independent agencies and who therefore deserve compensation, and those who wouldn't have patronized the independents anyway, i.e., who therefore don't need compensation? This sets two processes in motion: those formerly compensated because they would have chosen other agencies over the state, rush to subscribe to the maverick agency, thus reasserting their old preferences. Contra Krugman: Demolishing the Economic Myths of the 2016 Election. But two of these scenarios (and part of the third) involve physical battles between the agencies.  Nozick doesn't answer this crucial question; he simply asserts that this "will be a productive exchange." Presumably, a free market will tend to lead to most people choosing to defend themselves with those private institutions and protection agencies whose procedures will attract the most agreement from people in society. But surely a "right" to a less risky procedure requires positive action from enough people of specialized skills to fulfill such a claim; hence it is not a genuine right. Any agencies that transgressed the basic libertarian code would be open outlaws and aggressors, and Nozick himself concedes that, lacking legitimacy, such outlaw agencies would probably not do very well in an anarchist society..