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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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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A Practical Approach to Legal-Pluralist Anarchism: Eugen Ehrlich, Evgeny Pashukanis, and Meaningful Freedom through Incremental Jurisprudential Change

Legal SystemPolitical Theory

12/30/2019The Journal of Libertarian Studies
John Hasnas has argued that anarchy must be achieved gradually. The way to Hasnian anarchy or minarchy lies in the application of case law to decrease state power.
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Anderson, Hazlitt, and the Quantity Theory of Money

History of the Austrian School of EconomicsMonetary Theory

05/22/2018The Journal of Libertarian Studies
It was Benjamin Anderson who injected in Hazlitt a radical distaste of inflationary policies and paper money.
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A Libertarian Theory of Free Immigration

War and Foreign PolicyInterventionismPolitical Theory

12/16/2017The Journal of Libertarian Studies
The problems posed by free emigration and immigration often lead to confusion among libertarian theorists and lovers of freedom.
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Are There Grounds for Limiting Immigration?

U.S. EconomyWar and Foreign Policy

07/30/2014The Journal of Libertarian Studies
Is there any “good” reason for a country such as the U.S. to deny entrance to persons who wish to immigrate, but who are not desired as immigrants by some or most of the current citizens? My argument will assume without further justification that an individual has a right to life, liberty, and...
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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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Adam Smith, Justice, and the System of Natural Liberty

Other Schools of ThoughtPhilosophy and Methodology

07/30/2014The Journal of Libertarian Studies
Murray Rothbard dismisses Adam Smith’s contribution to economics as “dubious,” and he lists many specific Smithian lapses. For instance, Smith abandons the subjective theory of value, and maintains that only material commodities constitute production or value; he has “no conception of the...
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American Isolationism, 1939-1941

U.S. HistoryWar and Foreign PolicyWorld HistoryInterventionism

07/30/2014The Journal of Libertarian Studies
The isolationist tradition in America, as it was manifested from 1939 to 1941, was based on two fundamental doctrines: avoidance of war in Europe and unimpaired freedom of action.
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Adam Smith: A Reappraisal

07/30/2014The Journal of Libertarian Studies
In his monumental work, An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations , Adam Smith captured the spirit of the new industrial and commercial system and presented its theoretical defense . in a form which dominated the thought of the most influential writers of political...
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