HHH On the Simpsons and forced cancellation

Yesterday, I wanted to watch the Simpsons on TV. The Simpsons is a very popular show and no doubt that in a free anarcho-capitalist society people would still watch the Simpsons. However, on that same day, the United States decided to execute 5,000 anti-war protestors. This act of barbarism was featured in the news all the evening, and the broadcast of the Simpsons was cancelled. In a free society, there is no government to execute people, thus it is unlikely that the news will spill over the evening cartoons. As long as government mandated killing of protestors continue, it equates to forced cancelling of the Simpsons and therefore the network channel should not be free to change its programming.

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Hubert H. Humphrey? Or maybe Hex Hex Hex, i.e., 666, The Beast?

Hans Hermann Hoppe, who

Hans Hermann Hoppe, who else...

Agreed in principle

If there is some imposition on liberty (e.g., mass executions), then, assuming nothing can be done about that particular imposition, probably the best, freedom-maximizing reaction is for no additional ("compensating") impositions on liberty be added (as in, "two wrongs don't make a right").

I suggest, in fact, treating that one, irremovable imposition on liberty as if it were a natural phenomenon, like a vast pool of lava that suddenly appeared in the middle of Manhattan.

People should not be forced to act as if it were not there. Imagine people on their morning commute, where their morning commute would normally (pre-lava) take them over where the lava now sits. Those people should not be forced to try to travel over the lava pool on the theory that people should behave as they would have behaved prior to the lava pool. They would be incinerated.

People should, instead, be left alone to make fresh choices in light of the appearance of the lava pool. The best choice for them to make, in light of the lava pool, is probably not to behave as though the lava pool weren't there, but (if they choose) to find some way around it, or (if they choose) to give up trying to get to the other side (or, if they choose, to jump right in, but I doubt many would make that choice).

In the case of the Simpsons schedule, the broadcasters will select what to broadcast in light of the mass executions. The mass executions are the analog of the lava pool, and changing the broadcast to reflect this is like finding a way around the lava pool instead of driving right into it.

More generally, we might treat all of government evil as if it were a fact of nature. One could imagine living in anarchy in an utterly hostile planetary environment. Why not, then, think of the Earth with its governments as a hostile planetary environment? If we think of it this way, we might be able to view ourselves as living in anarchy (in the midst of a hostile environment, full of lava pools, landslides, tornadoes, or their governmental analogs).

On the other hand, not being all that familiar with Hoppe's arguments (mostly because I forgot), I don't know how well this applies to Hoppe's arguments. Probably you're talking about his views on territory and immigration, because those seem to be a point of controversy.

Watch South Park

It's on Comedy Central and it's way better than The Simpsons.

Oh definitely, but it's not

Oh definitely, but it's not my point it's HHH and I hardly see him condoning this left-modal-libertarian piece of progressive counter-culture.