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 Post subject: Property Rights would make war less likely?
PostPosted: Mon Dec 17, 2012 11:54 am 
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Imagine a world of strict liability in property rights. If some group of people decides to go to war against another (offensively, aggressively), then if they lose then they will have to pay extremely heavy damages from their person wealth.

Isn't this a strong deterrent against war? I've never really thought about it before.

To expand a little bit:

Assume A goes to war with B. A loses. B now tries them in a libertarian court. Now, the people in A who can be shown to actively have engaged in war will have to stand for something probably close to murder and threat of murder. This would likely require heavy compensation on their part. This is a strong deterrent against starting wars.

A followup - someone might say "yes, but this would result in such strain on the losers that they might rebel again" - ah, but remember that they are the losers! They lost for a reason, and if they continue to fight, chances are that they will make their situation even worse. Hence, to not even begin in this dangerous spiral, they would better not ever have started the offensive war.

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 Post subject: Re: Property Rights would make war less likely?
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Wasn't Germany punished harshly after the WWI? Have it deterred from starting WWII?

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 Post subject: Re: Property Rights would make war less likely?
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Good question. Was it punished in a way conforming to libertarian property rights?

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 Post subject: Re: Property Rights would make war less likely?
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It's a good point, but I have something to add:

The whole point of going to court is to resolve the dispute without any further violence. Seeing as the two parties have been in a state of war, if A were to lose, that would mean that B could kill A and take A's property. If they go to court, then A is giving his property to B in order to avoid being killed by B (and B doesn't want to assume further risk). Certainly A could start fighting again (as you said), and if the war starts up again, then I imagine that B will be less willing to go to court this time around.

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 Post subject: Re: Property Rights would make war less likely?
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I think that you're representing war in a rather naive light . Now the first thing that we have to answer here is "what sort of agents would be making war in an anarcho-capitalist society"? Once we know what we're talking about there then we can determine the goals of this war-maker. Until then we can know little about what defeat would look like and what would happen to them afterwards.

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I think the analysis depends on the balance of power. Is the ancap society an island in the otherwise statist world? Or is the situation reversed?
This can affect the plans of would-be war mongers.

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