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Moral Development and Critiques of Anarchism

Free MarketsOther Schools of ThoughtPolitical Theory

07/30/2014The Journal of Libertarian Studies
The most obvious and widely shared criticism of anarchism is that it is, quite simply, impractical. It is argued that people need the state and government in order to survive. Humans are, to the critics, by nature or socialization greedy and uncooperative, and the state is needed to protect people...
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The Free Rider as a Basis for Government Intervention

Monetary Theory

07/30/2014The Journal of Libertarian Studies
The "free rider problem," arising from the fact that an individual may be able to obtain the benefits of a good without contributing to the cost, is discussed in a number of different contexts. In the case of a "public good" where the provider cannot exclude, a good which others provide for them-...
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William Graham Sumner: Critic of Progressive Liberalism

Other Schools of ThoughtPolitical Theory

07/30/2014The Journal of Libertarian Studies
In America today, as throughout the West, most people fundamentally accept the "welfare state." Republican Presidents live happily with huge deficits in government accounts, while conservative politicians no longer challenge Medicare or Social Security. The State has become a pervasive force in...
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Toward a Theory of State Capitalism: Ultimate Decision-Making and Class Structure

Capital and Interest TheoryEntrepreneurship

07/30/2014The Journal of Libertarian Studies
This paper represents the initial phase of a larger study which will present the outline of an analytical model of the structure and dynamics of the state capitalist system as it has evolved historically in the US. The model will attempt to synthesize the theoretical insights of Austrian economics...
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Politics After a Nuclear Crisis

Legal SystemThe Police StateWar and Foreign PolicyPolitical Theory

07/30/2014The Journal of Libertarian Studies
Contained in the legal systems of almost all modern liberal democratic states is the provision for extraordinary executive power to be exercised in emergencies. This power is variously called martial law, state of siege, constitutional emergency powers, and constitutional dictatorship. This power...
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In Defense of Natural End Ethics: A Rejoinder to O'Neil and Osterfeld

Monetary TheoryPhilosophy and Methodology

07/30/2014The Journal of Libertarian Studies
Patrick M. O'Neil and David Osterfeld have offered some criticisms of our natural end interpretation and defense of Rand's ethics. This essay is a rejoinder to these criticisms. It consists of two parts: (I)a reply to O'Neil and (II)a reply to Osterfeld. In the case of the latter, we will confine...
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Empire or Liberty: The Anti-federalists and Foreign Policy, 1787-1788

U.S. HistoryWar and Foreign PolicyPolitical Theory

07/30/2014The Journal of Libertarian Studies
Historians increasingly recognize the important role that considerations of foreign policy played in shaping the Constitution.' Leading Federalists, many of whom had had experience abroad negotiating treaties or procuring foreign loans, were acutely sensitive to the demands of power politics and...
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Comment on the French Liberal School

Austrian Economics OverviewOther Schools of ThoughtPhilosophy and Methodology

07/30/2014The Journal of Libertarian Studies
There exists today in Anglo-American economics a veritable "conspiracy of silence" regarding the works and achievements of the French Liberal School of Economics. This is at once a sad commentary on the state of disinterested historical scholarship in the economics profession and a resounding...
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Legislation and the Discovery of Law in a Free Society

Free MarketsLegal SystemPolitical Theory

07/30/2014The Journal of Libertarian Studies
Libertarians’ devotion to individual rights, and to laws in support of those rights, is unquestionable. Most of the laws favored by libertarians can be shown to be consistent with our individual rights — unlike the blatantly illegitimate laws advocated by socialists. Despite this, however, many...
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Explaining the Antiwar Movement, 1939-1941: The Next Assignment

Media and CultureWar and Foreign PolicyWorld HistoryInterventionism

07/30/2014The Journal of Libertarian Studies
Few years in the history of the world have been as significant as the years 1939-1941. Not only did a cataclysmic conflict break out, far more worthy of being called a genuine world war than its predecessor, but large areas of the globe changed hands. By the end of 1941, a new German Empire...
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