The Myth of Natural Rights: The Portable L.A. Rollins

The Myth of Natural Rights: The Portable L.A. Rollins

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Overview

George H. Smith once described The Myth of Natural Rights as “a scathing, all-out attack.” This was not hyperbole. First published in 1983 by Loompanics Unlimited, L.A. Rollins’ incisive monograph sought not merely to dethrone the doctrine of natural law that had come to dominate libertarian discourse, but to upend the very foundations of moral philosophy. Describing himself as an “amoralist” and an “egoist of sorts,” Rollins echoed Stirner alone in his insouciant refusal to genuflect before the pieties of intellectual fashion.

While few readers would embrace Rollins’ intractable moral skepticism, his short book struck a powerful chord. As the text was discussed in marginal periodicals, it gathered an almost scandalous aura, eliciting both approbation and excoriation for its lacerating critique of natural rights theory—particularly as exposited by such libertarian luminaries as Murray Rothbard, Tibor Machan and Ayn Rand.

In 1985, The Myth of Natural Rights would become a central exhibit in a spirited debate that spanned several issues of Samuel Edward Konkin III’s New Libertarian magazine. The forum included contributions by Robert LeFevre, Murray Rothbard, Sidney E. Parker and Robert Anton Wilson, along with a reply by L.A. Rollins himself. Although Rollins’ engagement with the libertarian cognoscenti would soon come to an end, the dam had broken.

This definitive reissue features a new publishers preface and has been supplemented to include all of the relevant essays that originally appeared in New Libertarian, along with extant commentaries and rejoinders by L.A. Rollins.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781943687183
Publisher: Underworld Amusements
Publication date: 07/23/2019
Pages: 208
Product dimensions: 4.25(w) x 7.00(h) x 0.44(d)

Table of Contents

2019 Publisher’s Preface Kevin I. Slaughter

2008 Publisher’s Preface Chip Smith

2008 Introduction TGGP

The Myth of Natural Rights

New Libertarian Debates

Author’s Note

Natural Outlaws vs Natural Lawmen Samuel Edward Konkin III

Libertarians: Natural Outlaws, Natural Bastards Jeff Riggenbach

On the Duty of Natural Outlaws to Shut Up Murray N. Rothbard

Roughing-Up Rights George H. Smith

A Letter Sidney E. Parker

Natural Law Robert Anton Wilson

Natural Rights! Robert LeFevre

Kranky Notions Jeff Riggenbach

A Reply to My Reviewers

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Acknowledgements

Recommended Reading

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