The Journal of Libertarian Studies

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Free Market Transportation: Denationalizing The Roads

Free MarketsTaxes and Spending

07/30/2014The Journal of Libertarian Studies
Were a government to demand the sacrifice of 46,700 citizens' each year, there is no doubt that an outraged public would revolt. If an organized religion were to plan the immolation of 523,335 of the faithful in a decade,' there is no question that it would be toppled. Were there a Manson-type cult...
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Public Goods and Externalities: The Case of Roads

Free MarketsTaxes and SpendingMonopoly and Competition

07/30/2014The Journal of Libertarian Studies
When government monopolization of the roadways is discussed by economists, the "externalities" argument is usually raised. The argument is said to be simple, clear, and irrefutable. In fact, none of these terms really apply. Let us consider the argument closely. Volume 7, Number 1 (1983)
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Comments About the Mathematical Treatment of Economic Problems

Calculation and Knowledge

07/30/2014The Journal of Libertarian Studies
It is not possible to examine thoroughly the question of the mathematical treatment of economic problems within the frame of a brief essay. Fundamental questions of philosophy and epistemology, impossible to dispose of in a few sentences, would have to be raised. There- fore, only a few points will...
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Authority: H.L.A. Hart and the Problem with Legal Positivism

Legal SystemInterventionism

07/30/2014The Journal of Libertarian Studies
The major claim in this paper is that there is a distinct ambiguity in the way in which H. L. A. Hart employs the concept of authority in his account of the nature of law. It is a flaw in Hart's thesis that surprisingly few philosophers of law have detected. Perhaps this is because they share his...
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Shackle: A Critical Sampling

BiographiesOther Schools of Thought

07/30/2014The Journal of Libertarian Studies
The works of Shackle are a mixed bag. There is no better critique of the modern Neoclassical orthodoxy than his Epistemics and Economics and few worse analyses of Keynes than his essay "Keynes and the Nature of Human Affairs". We do not have a unified coherent body of thought but rather...
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Anti-war Abolitionists: The Peace Movement's Split Over the Civil War

Media and CultureWar and Foreign PolicyOther Schools of Thought

07/30/2014The Journal of Libertarian Studies
Since the victors of warfare write the histories, one must look long and hard to find recognition of the radical critics of any given war. No matter how substantial or respectable anti-war sentiment may be as a conflict approaches, once the pro-war spirit gets rolling, like a snowball down a...
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The War for Southern Independence: A Radical Libertarian Perspective

U.S. HistoryWar and Foreign Policy

07/30/2014The Journal of Libertarian Studies
This paper will present a radical libertarian analysis of the War of 1861-65; as such, it will disagree in many ways with existing interpretations. It will be frankly evaluative in libertarian terms and will not assume that things "had to" turn out just exactly as they did ( pace 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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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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Harold J. Laski: The Liberal Manque or Lost Libertarian?

BiographiesMonetary TheoryOther Schools of ThoughtPolitical Theory

07/30/2014The Journal of Libertarian Studies
A generation after his death in 1950, Harold Laski, the eminent political scientist, socialist, and British Labour Party leader, is almost forgotten apart from an occasional monograph analyzing his political theories. Yet he remains significant and, rather paradoxically perhaps, his ideas are...
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