For this first episode of Free Thoughts, we want to look at politics and community and the relationship between them. Libertarians often get called “anti‐community.” That’s an unfair charge, of course. But it’s a plausible one if you assume no difference between community and politics, between community and the state. This mistake is in fact a rather common one—and thus results in many bad arguments against libertarianism.
So what is community? And what is politics? And can we have one without the other?