Hans-Hermann Hoppe

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One of the more bizarre Austrian philosophers. A hypocrite for working as a state professor and for accepting ACLU defense of his professional freedom of speech. "There can be no tolerance toward democrats and communists in a libertarian social order. They will have to be physically separated and removed from society."


For Mises' Sake [More...]
Tom G. Palmer savages Llewellyn Rockwell, the Ludwig von Mises Institute and Hans-Hermann Hoppe for Austrianism above and beyond the call of sanity.
Hans-Hermann Hoppe's Argumentation Ethic: A Critique [More...]
Robert P. Murphy and Gene Callahan shred Hoppe's argument for self-ownership.
Hans-Hermann Hoppe, Libertarian Extraordinaire [More...]
"Is anyone in the libertarian community willing to denounce Hans-Hermann Hoppe as not one of them, and call him the lunatic he clearly is? Or is he still going to get an invite to the next convention?"
Hans-Hermann Hoppe, Libertarian Theoretical Historian [More...]
A review of Hans-Hermann Hoppe's From Aristocracy to Monarchy to Democracy. Hoppe seems to think a return to feudalism will result in libertarian utopia.
Hans-Hermann Hoppe’s Brave New World [More...]
But because of their obsessive belief in absolute private property rights, their vision of the ideal society quickly degenerates into one of oppression, where irrational and extreme discrimination can be enforced on the grounds of private property rights, and where libertarian society degenerates into quasi-fascist demands for the physical removal of anyone deemed “undesirable,” including, most notably, cultural libertarians, hedonists, or anyone not committed to extreme social conservatism.
Hoppe on Mass Immigration [More...]
Hoppe correctly points out that an open border policy would collapse welfare states and result in massive cultural changes. But he is wrong, in that such a policy is entirely consistent with the laissez faire property-rights libertarianism of Austrian libertarianism.
Hoppe’s Ridiculous Attack on the Epistemological Foundation of Moderate Empiricism [More...]
If it were true, then all human natural or social science of any kind based on foundational empirical propositions or assumptions would not “carry any weight whatsoever.” This is nonsense.
How to win arguments by pretending to be a simpleton [More...]
Noah Smith explains why Hans Hermann-Hoppe's method of criticizing Paul Krugman is really just trolling. And how HHH could really know better just by reading one or two papers.
Journey into a Libertarian Future (7 links)
Andrew Dittmer's interview with "Code Name Cain" about the ideas in Hans-Hermann Hoppe's book "Democracy: The God That Failed". 6 parts.
Paleolibertarianism (12 links)
A strategy of old-time racist conservatism combined with libertarian mummery and Historical Revisionism. Adherents include(d) Murray Rothbard, Lew Rockwell, Ron Paul, Charles Murray, the Ludwig von Mises Institute, and now perhaps Donald Trump.
RationalWiki: Hans-Hermann Hoppe [More...]
The RationalWiki article on Hans-Hermann Hoppe. One section title says a lot: "Life from Rothbard's groupie to wingnut welfare recipient".
The Chapo Guide to Revolution ridicules libertarianism.
Starting with a comparison to the recruiting methods of Scientology. Then they justly slam the ridiculous excesses of Murray Rothbard and Hans-Hermann Hoppe
The Contrarian Trap: The Source of the Liberty Movement’s Dark Side [More...]
"I think it is no surprise that many libertarians are also atheists, climate change deniers, paleo dieters, anti-psychiatry, conspiracy theorists, transhumanists, cryonics-supporters and hardcore nativists about intelligence."
The errors of Hans-Hermann Hoppe [More...]
An extensive critique of Hoppe's pollyanna anarcho-capitalist ideas. "With all due respect, but parts of Hoppe’s speech could have been written by Joseph Goebbels, the Nazi propaganda minister. But at least Goebbels would have delivered the speech in a more rousing manner than Hoppe who despite all his radicalism seemed almost bored of himself."


In a covenant...among proprietor and community tenants for the purpose of protecting their private property, no such thing as a right to free (unlimited) speech exists, not even to unlimited speech on one’s own tenant-property. One may say innumerable things and promote almost any idea under the sun, but naturally no one is permitted to advocate ideas contrary to the very covenant of preserving and protecting private property, such as democracy and communism. There can be no tolerance toward democrats and communists in a libertarian social order. They will have to be physically separated and removed from society.
Hans-Hermann Hoppe, "Democracy - The God That Failed" p. 218.
At George Mason University I saw Hoppe present a lecture in which he claimed that Ludwig von Mises had set the intellectual foundation for not only economics, but for ethics, geometry, and optics, as well. This bizarre claim turned a serious scholar and profound thinker into a comical cult figure, a sort of Euro Kim Il Sung.
Tom G. Palmer, "For Mises' Sake"
Hoppe's scholarship is so pitiful that one of his own colleagues -- who is still involved in the Mises Institute -- once remarked to me that Hoppe's book on ethics was a truly remarkable achievement; it was the only book he had ever read in which every step of the argument was a logical fallacy.
Tom G. Palmer, "For Mises' Sake"
Hoppe has done us the great favour of demonstrating that the logical upshot of Rothbard's system is not "a new liberty," but a totalitarian plutocracy that tolerates no dissent whatsoever.
Gene Callahan, "Do You Know About..."