Tuesday, June 28, 2011

One Last Bit Of Nozick

Last post on Anarchy, etc., I promise. I wanted to close with Nozick's description of Utopia which, for whatever reason, I found strangely moving:

The conclusion to draw is that there will not be one kind of community existing and one kind of life led in utopia. Utopia will consist of utopias, of many different and divergent communities in which people lead different kinds of lives under different institutions. Some kinds of communities will be more attractive to most than others; communities will wax and wane. People will leave some for others or spend their whole lives in one. Utopia is a framework for utopias, a place where people are at liberty to join together voluntarily to pursue and attempt to realize their own vision of the good life in the ideal community but where no one can impose his own utopian vision upon others. (p. 312)

That seems a worthy vision with which it is hard to argue. I wanted to write it down so that, whenever I catch someone saying that libertarians are heartless monsters, I can point to it and ask what, exactly, they find objectionable about that vision.

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