It’s undeniable that Hans-Hermann Hoppe offends some people. The recent flap at the UNLV is proof of that: Hoppe offended someone and is now facing the possibility of punishment for it. But that isn’t the real problem with Hoppe.
The real problem with Hoppe is that people are forced to pay for his services.
That isn’t properly a problem with Hoppe at all: it’s a problem with public schools in particular, and public property in general. People generally don’t pay for things that offend them, but when those things are public things, they don’t have a choice. The UNLV, where Hoppe is employed, is funded with public (tax) money. Those people paying don’t have a free choice about the matter, their taxes are taken and spent and their consent is neither asked nor required. It’s an impossible situation: Hoppe can’t possibly please “the public” (Who? Everyone?), and the public can’t get what they want from Hoppe: I’m a member of “the public”, and what I want is to not be taxed at all, never mind where it goes. Hoppe can’t do much about that.
So what do you get when you have public property in contention? You get email campaigns, protests, editorials – in essence, you get warring pressure groups. Mob rule is a piss-poor method of deciding anything, let alone deciding whose values get put forth at whose expense.
If the problem with Hoppe is that he’s teaching at a public school, then the solution isn’t for Hoppe to be more politically correct or for his students to be thicker-skinned. What’s needed is to allow people the means to not pay for things they don’t want. The solution is a free market in education.