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Enforced Equality Or—Justice?

Big GovernmentMedia and CulturePolitical Theory

07/30/2014The Journal of Libertarian Studies
In the Preface to me Mirage of Social Justice, the second volume of his trilogy on Law,Legislation and Liberty, F. A. Hayek explained that "circumstances have contributed to delay the publication of the second volume of this work." The chief circumstance was "dissatisfaction with the original...
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Herbert Spencer's Theory of Causation

Calculation and KnowledgePhilosophy and Methodology

07/30/2014The Journal of Libertarian Studies
This paper traces Spencer's theory of causation through various disciplines, with special emphasis on Spencer's "scientific" system of ethics — something he regarded as the crowning achievement of his life's work. I shall attempt to explain Spencer rather than criticize him. His theories are...
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Principle and Expediency: The State Department and Palestine, 1948

War and Foreign PolicyWorld History

07/30/2014The Journal of Libertarian Studies
According to the conventional wisdom, the United Nations in effect established the state of Israel, doing so when the General Assembly voted for the partition of Palestine in November of 1947. President Truman ardently and consistently believed in a Zionist state, and hence was taken aback when...
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From Theory to Reality: Barriers Confronting Libertarians

Philosophy and MethodologyPolitical Theory

07/30/2014The Journal of Libertarian Studies
Classical Liberalism, especially of the Austrian inclination, and Libertarianism are by now recognized as the most influential research traditions of our time. While it would be superfluous here to repeat the reasons for such widespread significance, it should not be overlooked that, so far, the...
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The Proprietary Theory of Justice in the Libertarian Tradition

Legal SystemPrivate Property

07/30/2014The Journal of Libertarian Studies
The central ideas of contemporary libertarianism have taken many centuries to evolve. The single most important aspect of libertarian theory to have emerged during this time is the concept of proprietary justice. The proprietary theory of justice is concerned with just one thing: the crucial...
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A Groundwork for Rights: Man's Natural End

Philosophy and Methodology

07/30/2014The Journal of Libertarian Studies
Murray Rothbard, in a paper entitled "The Ethics of Liberty," argued that the standard for moral goodness is set by man's nature. Whatever fulfills the nature of a living thing is good, and whatever diminishes the nature of a living thing is bad. When the living thing in question is a human being...
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Reciprocal Exchange as the Basis for Recognition Of Law: Examples from American History

Free MarketsLegal SystemU.S. HistoryPolitical Theory

07/30/2014The Journal of Libertarian Studies
The literature of American legal history is primarily a history of federal and state governments, creating the false impression that these governments have produced and enforced all relevant law. Indeed, there seems to be a widely held belief that law and order could not exist in a society without...
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Was Richard Cantillon an Austrian Economist?

History of the Austrian School of EconomicsOther Schools of ThoughtPhilosophy and Methodology

07/30/2014The Journal of Libertarian Studies
Can anyone take seriously the question posed by the title of this paper? History clearly reveals the following facts. Austrian economics began in 1871 with the pioneer work of the Viennese economist, Carl Menger. Cantillon's Essai sur la nature du commerce en général was written almost 150 years...
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Posing the Problem: The Impossibility of Economic Calculation under Socialism

Other Schools of Thought

07/30/2014The Journal of Libertarian Studies
For industry to be operated effectively, it is necessary that those in charge be able to perform "economic calculation." It does not matter at all, for the purposes of this argument, whether "those in charge" are professional managers, acquisitive capitalists, workers' councils or other...
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Law and the Liberal Society: F.A. Hayek's Constitution of Liberty

History of the Austrian School of EconomicsInterventionism

07/30/2014The Journal of Libertarian Studies
The nature of political discourse has been significantly altered by the events of recent history, among which has been an accelerating shift of governmental regulation away from directing society by means of general rules to that of ad hoc , administrative commands and discretionary control. This...
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