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Machan's Moral Case for the Free Market


I've scanned and uploaded Tibor Machan The Moral Case for the Free Market Economy (Edwin Mellen Press, 1988) (with the author's permission; it was informally published on regular sized paper, not hard-bound). From the preface:

This book grew out of my AB Timbro Summer Seminar lectures in Stockholm, Sweden, during August 1986. I try to place on record a brief, accessible statement of the case for the free market system of economics, based on a view of human beings as moral agents and the legal system of a good community as designed to nurture this moral agency. A far more extensive discussion of the present thesis will be available in my forthcoming Individuals and their Rights (Open Court, 1989). I have also written more extensively about the shortcomings of the economic argument for the free society, in my Capitalism and Individualism: Reframing the Argument for the Free Society ([] 1989).

Some good stuff in there--in addition to the case for individual rights, see the discussions of scientism, free-will and Roger Sperry (see also on this Machan's Reply to My Critics and his letter regarding determinism), etc.

Stephan Kinsella is an attorney in Houston, director of the Center for the Study of Innovative Freedom, and editor of Libertarian Papers.

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