The Journal of Libertarian Studies

The Marginal Efficiency of Capital: A Comment

Institute PublicationsJanuary 30, 2015
ABSTRACT: The impact of interest rates on investment choices is a key element in both Keynesian and Austrian theories of the business cycle. Fuller (2013) compares the Keynesian Marginal Efficiency of Capital approach to the Austrian Net Present Value approach, claiming that the two give different...

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Terri Schiavo

Institute PublicationsJanuary 1, 2011
The case of Terri Schiavo is almost as controversial as it is tragic.The controversy? Her husband is adamant that the doctors pull the plug on Terri, and her parents are just as determined to keep her alive.

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Rejoinder to Hoppe on Immigration

Institute PublicationsJanuary 1, 2011
The present paper is the continuation of an intra-libertarian debate over immigration.

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Contra Spooner

Institute PublicationsJuly 31, 2006
The inability of modern philosophers to furnish any kind of argument for the maintenance of a government is a notorious weakness. In Lysander Spooner's writings, it becomes an odd strength. Throughout such writings as No Treason, A Letter to Thomas F. Bayard , and "Natural Law,"...

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Punishment and Proportionality: the Estoppel Approach

Institute PublicationsMarch 1, 1998
No doubt punishment serves many purposes. It can deter crime and prevent the offender from committing further crimes. Punishment can even rehabilitate some criminals, if it is not capital. It can satisfy a victim’s longing for revenge, or his relatives’ desire to avenge. Punishment can...

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The Journal of Libertarian Studies

Why Race Matters: A Preview

Institute PublicationsFebruary 26, 1996
The Journal of Libertarian Studies , Volume 12, Number 2 (Fall 1996)

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Pareto Optimality, External Benefits and Public Goods: A Subjectivist Approach

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It will be argued in this paper that the external-benefits and public-goods arguments are incorrect and are due to a failure to consider all or the correct costs involved in the decision on whether the public sector should subsidize or provide the goods in question. The first part of this paper...

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Some Comments on the Rhetoric of the Environmental Movement

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The following essay attempts to touch on one aspect of modern environmentalism and to examine it against the backdrop of the values associated with a truly liberal society. What I hope to do is to explore certain traits common to the rhetoric of the environmental movement that I find particularly...

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The Law of Omissions and Neglect of Children

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The sort of omission that is punished by statute is neglect of a duty or obligation. Generally some obligations are thought to be deserving of enforcement. They then properly belong in a society's legal code. Other obligations are merely moral and are outside the purview of law. Thus, only...

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Richard Cantillon and the French Economists: Distinctive French

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Richard Cantillon's life and his Essai occurred at a time of transition in European political, economic and intellectual history. The late seventeenth century had experienced the crisis in European thought which paralleled the Scientific Revolution. Accompanying the scientific revolution was a...

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