Does Political Representation Make Sense?, with Gerard Casey An interview with Dr. Gerard Casey about his article "The Indefensibility of Political Representation." Dr. Casey introduces himself and recounts how he became a libertarian anarchist. He speaks about the idea of legitimate command and various options proposed to justify the state's supposed authority. He summarizes some of his examination of political representation from his article. He also talks about what real democracy was like, and closes with a reflection on caring for the poor in a free society.

Ep 14: Does Political Representation Make Sense?, with Gerard Casey

Summary – Does Political Representation Make Sense?, with Gerard Casey

An interview with Dr. Gerard Casey about his article “The Indefensibility of Political Representation.” Dr. Casey introduces himself and recounts how he became a libertarian anarchist. He speaks about the idea of legitimate command and various options proposed to justify the state’s supposed authority. He summarizes some of his examination of political representation from his article. He also talks about what real democracy was like, and closes with a reflection on caring for the poor in a free society.

https://reformedlibertarians.com/014

Main Points of Discussion

00:00 Introduction
00:32 Episode description
Article discussed (25 min read), “The Indefensibility of Political Representation” by Dr. Gerard Casey : https://mises.org/library/indefensibility-political-representation
Audio presentation (18 mins) : https://mises.org/library/which-be-master-indefensibility-political-representation
01:51 About Dr. Casey
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gerard_Casey_(philosopher)
Academia page: https://ucd.academia.edu/GerardNCasey
Interviews by Dr. Casey: https://www.youtube.com/@caseyinconversation6380
Twitter: https://twitter.com/Casey5122dark
05:18 Libertarian conversion
The Theory of Money and Credit by Ludwig von Mises : https://mises.org/library/theory-money-and-credit
10:07 Principles of legitimate command
15:11 Options proposed to justify the state
The main option in the West today is the idea of “representative” democracy, which is equated with self-governance
17:54 Hannah Pitkin’s analysis and the basic incoherence of political representation
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hanna_Fenichel_Pitkin
The Concept of Representation by Hanna Pitkin : https://www.amazon.com/dp/0520021568?tag=kerrybaldwin-20
25:44 Inevitable bureaucratic obstacles
BBC2’s “Yes Minister” : https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yes_Minister
29:46 Actual democracy and sortition
Against Elections by David Van Reybrouck : https://www.amazon.com/dp/1847924220?tag=kerrybaldwin-20
Jury Nullification: https://fija.org
37:24 Let The Poor Starve?
https://reformedlibertarians.com/let-the-poor-starve-gerard-casey/
How Govt “Solved” The Healthcare Crisis: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fFoXyFmmGBQ&list=PLwrDNUO5MDu95jfsFdfN2oe8vXQ6Cma-h&index=7

 

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