The Journal of Libertarian Studies

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Reflections on Legal Polycentrism

AnarchyDecentralization and SecessionPlanningStrategy

02/13/2020The Journal of Libertarian Studies
Much of the resistance to libertarian anarchic proposals stems from a genuine inability on the part of one’s audience to entertain such proposals as serious alternatives to the status quo.
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Restitution in Theory and Practice

Free MarketsLegal SystemPhilosophy and Methodology

04/19/2019The Journal of Libertarian Studies
State-centered ideas around crime focus on imprisonment and punishment. But a restitution-centered model would be much better for victims.
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Richard Cantillon: An Introduction

Capital and Interest TheoryOther Schools of ThoughtPhilosophy and Methodology

09/22/2018The Journal of Libertarian Studies
Jevons called Cantillon's Essai the "Cradle of Political Economy." It was one of the few books quoted by Adam Smith and it deserves reading by any serious thinker of political economy today.
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Richard Cantillon and the French Economists: Distinctive French Contributions of J.B. Say

History of the Austrian School of EconomicsOther Schools of Thought

11/21/2017The Journal of Libertarian Studies
The late 17th century experienced a crisis in European thought which paralleled the Scientific Revolution and led to a revolution in economic thought.
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Revolution of Reason: Peter Gray, the Enlightenment, and the Ambiguities of Classical Liberalism

World History

07/30/2014The Journal of Libertarian Studies
In his seminal essay " Left and Right: The Prospects for Liberty ", Professor Rothbard delineated a libertarian interpretation of history, an interpretation which saw the larger part of humanity's existence on earth before the 18th Century as dominated by a distinctive "Old Order". Whether...
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Richard Cantillon: A Man of His Time: A Comment on Tarascio

The EntrepreneurMoney and BanksValue and Exchange

07/30/2014The Journal of Libertarian Studies
Professor Spengler refers to Richard Cantillon as the first of the modems. Professor Tarascio presents him from a current perspective. But it was the world as he knew it that Cantillon sought to explain. Inevitably he was a man of his time and it is primarily in that light that I should like to...
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Religion, Morality, and American Politics

Legal SystemMedia and CulturePolitical Theory

07/30/2014The Journal of Libertarian Studies
Although historians had long missed the importance of religion in American politics, it has recently become a central topic. My focus will be on the late- nineteenth century, with particular concern for why voting and party affiliation were highly correlated with religious preferences. I will...
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Rawls and Children

InterventionismPolitical Theory

07/30/2014The Journal of Libertarian Studies
The status of children in the societal scheme proposed by John Rawls is determined by what would be the decision of persons in the original position. To see how Rawl's concept of justice pertains to children, we will look at three things: (1) Who the decision-makers are in the original position; (2...
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Religion, Politics, and the American Polity: A Dynamic View of Relationships

Media and CulturePolitical Theory

07/30/2014The Journal of Libertarian Studies
For generations, political historians used "the thought of the palace" to describe politics and party battles. They consciously borrowed the words of articulate political leaders and (perhaps) unconsciously adopted their mind sets to depict election contests as struggles over the specific contours...
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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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