Just Not State! Self-Ownership, Ethics, and the Constitution of the Private Law Society

In this concise work of social philosophy, the author not only argues that, according to the well-established School of Austrian Economics and Ethics, any form of domination and coercive rule is illegitimate; he also consolidates and restates ethics of self-ownership and ownership by introducing something so far neglected: an explicit axiom of the ‘equal human rank’ as a valuator. Furthermore, he enables confidence in the feasibility of a peaceful, lasting and flourishing stateless society by introducing a novel concept for a draft constitution, which combines all legitimate aspects of equality and full sovereignty of the individual’s encompassing property rights. The key issue here is the constitutional preclusion of any permanent and autonomous public sector.


Peter J. Preusse is a private scholar in Austrian Ethics, and frequent guest of the Property and Freedom Society.