The following paper will serve as the basis for Professor Hoppe’s speech “The Idea of a Private Law Society: The Case of Karl Ludwig von Haller,” to be presented at the Property and Freedom Society Annual Meeting, Sep. 19, 2021, Bodrum, Turkey.
See also Hans-Hermann Hoppe, The Idea of a Private Law Society: The Case of Karl Ludwig von Haller (PFS 2021).
A note from Matheus Fialho:
After reading the transcript of Professor Hoppe’s speech on Karl Ludwig von Haller, I found a couple of articles that might be of interest. The first one, divided into two parts, is a chapter-by-chapter commentary of Haller’s Restauration that seemed pretty reasonable: Part 1 and Part 2.
The second one, Karl Ludwig von Haller, A Reactionary Anarcho-capitalist, was written by Juan Gómez Carmena and gives a brief overview of some basic aspects of Haller’s philosophy. Unfortunately, there is only this Spanish version. I figured those might be worth sharing on Hoppe’s website in order to further interest in the author’s work, especially the first link, which gives a large amount of material in English about him. There is nothing about Haller written in Portuguese and, in Spanish, all I could find are commentaries on his Análisis de la Constitución Española, regarding the Spanish Constitution of 1812, for it appears Restauration is not yet translated into Spanish.
The Idea of a Private Law Society: The Case of Karl Ludwig von Haller
HansHoppe.com, Aug. 25, 2021
“Libertarianism is logically consistent with almost any attitude toward culture, society, religion, or moral principle. In strict logic, libertarian political doctrine can be severed from all other considerations; logically one can be – and indeed most libertarians in fact are: hedonists, libertines, immoralists, militant enemies of religion in general and Christianity in particular – and still be consistent adherents of libertarian politics. In fact, in strict logic, one can be a consistent devotee of property rights politically and be a moocher, a scamster, and a petty crook and racketeer in practice, as all too many libertarians turn out to be. Strictly logically, one can do these things, but psychologically, sociologically, and in practice, it simply doesn’t work that way.” [my emphasis, HHH] —Murray Rothbard, “Big-Government Libertarians,” in: L. Rockwell, ed., The Irrepressible Rothbard, Auburn, Al: Ludwig von Mises Institute, 2000, p. 101
A considerable part of my writings in recent years has been concerned with this very last half-sentence of Rothbard’s and its wider implications. Central to the libertarian doctrine are the ideas of private property, of its original acquisition and its transfer, and the corresponding principle of non-aggression. And indeed, it can be safely stated that recognition of these ideas and principles is a necessary requirement of human society, of people living together and cooperating with one another in peace. Just as certainly, however, recognition and adherence to these ideas and principles is not sufficient to make for conviviality, i.e. for friendly neighborly and communal relations among men. For this, as Edmund Burke emphasized, manners are actually more important than any laws. More specifically, the manners typically associated with so-called “bourgeois morality”: of responsibility, conscientiousness, truthfulness, honesty and chivalry, respect- and helpfulness, foresight, courage, self-discipline, moderation and reliability. [continue reading…]