Mr Jonathan Pearce, of Samizdata fame, has spotted an excellent article, full of Uncle Murray quotes, by Chris Sciabarra:
=> A Crisis of Political Economy
As Mr Pearce says, it's well worth a read if you have time for a nice cup of tea.
However, the accompanying discussion on Samizdata does seem to be typical of the problem we have with libertarianism in Britain, in that most people over here would rather argue the toss over the numbers of angels on the head of a pin, rather than ever agree with each other about anything.
I sometimes feel that if all of the libertarians in Britain, including myself alas, had been on the Titanic, we would still have been arguing about the concept of lifeboat homesteading rights, as the waves started lapping around our necks, rather than actually trying to get inside a lifeboat.
Perhaps this endless 'over-intellectualising' we seem prone to, here in England, is why America is still the beating heart of intellectual freedom, despite its dreadful political fall into the abyss of tyrannical socialism?
This intellectual cat-fighting also makes me wonder if a relic of empire is that we Brits are still suffering from a mass delusion that the rest of the world is actually listening to our endless thrashing and nit-picking over minutiae. Is this why a cloistered room of just twenty five fractured British libertarians will often give rise to over six hundred and twenty seven different shattered opinions?
Perhaps it is the same everywhere else? But it does sometimes depress me when such obviously intelligent people seem to spend their entire time going around in such ever decreasing circles, constantly trying to get one over on each other, about who is the smartest Châteauneuf-du-Pape in the room.
Maybe we should all try to give it up for Lent?
(And yes, mea culpa, I am fully aware that I am as guilty of this as anyone else. That's why I swore an oath to stop trolling on Samizdata, which is an oath I usually have to re-swear every six months! :-)