The Journal of Libertarian Studies

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A Libertarian Analysis of the COVID-19 Pandemic

LawLibertarianismProperty Rights

11/06/2020The Journal of Libertarian Studies
What is the correct analysis, from a libertarian point of view, of governmental action in the face of the coronavirus? Is the state justified in imposing quarantines or vaccines to cure this disease?
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Libel, Slander, and Reputation According to Rothbard’s Theory of Libertarian Law

LawProperty Rights

11/06/2020The Journal of Libertarian Studies
Rothbard’s principal conclusion that libel and slander laws have no place in libertarian law is correct. But how does a reputational right operate? Who, properly, owns such a right? Is this property right alienable—transferable, and how would this work in practice?
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Humanism: Progressive Philosophy at Odds with Itself

LibertarianismLiberalismProgressivism

11/05/2020The Journal of Libertarian Studies
Today’s progressive humanist movement transcends freedom, liberty, and reason by seeking utopian perfection through flawed secular dogma and compulsory communitarianism. Humanism’s progressive values cannot be achieved via compulsory means, as evinced by the repeated failure of intellectual...
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Does Being a Libertarian Entail a Necessary Commitment to Open Borders?

ImmigrationProperty Rights

11/05/2020The Journal of Libertarian Studies
The freedom of association argument is a strong argument against open borders and thus libertarians are not necessarily committed to unrestricted immigration.
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A Defense of Natural Procedural Rights

LawProperty Rights

11/05/2020The Journal of Libertarian Studies
Agents have rights to stop those who are violating their rights and to rectification when their rights are violated. But in pursuing these rights, agents may also have an obligation to inform others of the extent to which they are prepared to go in enforcing these rights.
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The Right to Property

Property Rights

11/05/2020The Journal of Libertarian Studies
The slave is a slave because his body is owned by someone else, and that owner is not the rightful owner. Slavery is theft, and theft is also slavery. Slavery exists wherever theft exists, and socialism is theft writ large.
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The Libertarian Quest for a Grand Historical Narrative

LibertarianismPhilosophyStrategy

11/05/2020The Journal of Libertarian Studies
While the present democratic social order may be the technologically most advanced civilization, it most certainly is not the most advanced socially. The principal counterstrategy of recivilization must be a return to “normality” by means of decentralization.
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Who Should Decide What Goes into a Can of Tomatoes? Food Laws from a Voluntaryist Perspective

LawU.S. HistoryInterventionism

11/05/2020The Journal of Libertarian Studies
This paper recounts the history of food inspection from a voluntaryist perspective. In England and the United States, the efforts to achieve food safety have relied upon two main methods: education and legislation. Governments did nothing that could not be done on the free market.
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Keynes and Plato

SocialismPolitical Theory

10/26/2020The Journal of Libertarian Studies
Plato’s philosophy is the foundation of Keynesian economics and Keynes advocated a brand of socialism that was virtually identical to Plato’s.
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Fallacies of the Public Goods Theory and the Production of Security

Philosophy and MethodologyProduction Theory

07/09/2020The Journal of Libertarian Studies
In this paper, Professor Hans-Hermann Hoppe offers an examination of the theory of public goods.
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