The Journal of Libertarian Studies

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Nations by Consent

Decentralization and SecessionStrategyPolitical Theory

12/09/2017The Journal of Libertarian Studies
If we deconstruct the modern nation-state, we shall reduce the scope of government power, the importance of voting and the extent of social conflict.
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Nozick and the Individualist Anarchist

Taxes and SpendingCapital and Interest Theory

07/30/2014The Journal of Libertarian Studies
Robert Nozick, in Anarchy, State, and Utopia presented his by-now-famous view that "a minimal state, limited to the narrow functions of protection against force, theft, fraud, enforcement of contracts, and so on, is justified." He went on to say that only such a state is justified. Since...
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Negative Interest Rate: Toward a Taxonomic Critique

Money and BanksTaxes and Spending

07/30/2014The Journal of Libertarian Studies
A basic principle of Austrian economics is that the originary rate of interest (the rate of discount of future goods compared to present, otherwise identical, goods) can never be negative. The reason for this arises not because capital is productive, nor out of man's psychology. Nevertheless, in...
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New Rationalist Directions in Libertarian Rights Theory

Free MarketsInterventionism

07/30/2014The Journal of Libertarian Studies
Classical liberals and libertarians believe that individuals have rights, even if there is debate about just why we have them or how this can be proved. Volume 12, Number 2 (1996)
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Nonexcludability and Government Financing of Public Goods

Free MarketsTaxes and Spending

07/30/2014The Journal of Libertarian Studies
Many economists consider public goods to be a case of market "failure." They argue that the free market cannot finance the optimal amount of public goods. Therefore, they say, the government must finance their provision. In this paper I shall challenge this view. Three well-known arguments...
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Nations by Consent: Decomposing the Nation-State

Philosophy and MethodologyPolitical Theory

07/30/2014The Journal of Libertarian Studies
Libertarians tend to focus on two important units of analysis: the individual and the state. And yet, one of the most dramatic and significant events of our time has been the re-emergence—with a bang—in the last five years of a third and much neglected aspect of the real world, the "nation." Volume...
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Natural Right in the Political Philosophy of Pierre-Joseph Proudhon

Legal SystemPolitical Theory

07/30/2014The Journal of Libertarian Studies
When Professor Georges Gurvitch, the highly esteemed occupant of the chair of philosophy at the University of Strasbourg before World War II and the author of a series of brilliant studies in the pluralist philosophy of law, referred to Pierre-Joseph Proudhon as the central figure in the...
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Nozick, Anarchism and Procedural Rights

InterventionismOther Schools of Thought

07/30/2014The Journal of Libertarian Studies
While many minimal state theorists, such as Ayn Rand, have found in anarchism an unacceptable vehicle for the conveyance of natural rights libertarianism, Nozick, with Locke, does not dispute the logical compatibility of anarchism and natural rights theory. Instead, having conceded to the...
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Natural Rights Debate: A Comment On a Reply

Philosophy and Methodology

07/30/2014The Journal of Libertarian Studies
In his "A Groundwork for Rights: Man's Natural End," Douglas Rasmussen takes issue with a paper I presented at the Fifth Annual Libertarian Scholar's Conference in which I was concerned with the difficulty of demonstrating the validity of natural rights doctrines in general and the libertarian...
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Note on Anarchy, State, and Utopia

Monopoly and Competition

07/30/2014The Journal of Libertarian Studies
Robert Nozick's widely hailed Anarchy, State, and Utopia has been analyzed primarily in terms of the arguments he engages in with his fellow "public philosopher", John Rawls. Yet perhaps the most unusual line of thinking introduced by Nozick is his "invisible hand" explanation for the origin of the...
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