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Does Being a Libertarian Entail a Necessary Commitment to Open Borders?

ImmigrationProperty Rights

11/05/2020The Journal of Libertarian Studies
The freedom of association argument is a strong argument against open borders and thus libertarians are not necessarily committed to unrestricted immigration.
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Democracy and Laissez Faire: the New York State Constitution of 1846

U.S. EconomyU.S. HistoryPolitical Theory

07/30/2014The Journal of Libertarian Studies
The New York Constitution of 1846 placed strict limits on the state's ability to borrow money to avert bankruptcy and default.
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Do We Ever Really Get Out of Anarchy?

Other Schools of ThoughtPolitical Theory

07/30/2014The Journal of Libertarian Studies
A major point of dispute among libertarian theorists and thinkers today as always revolves around the age-old question of whether man can live in total anarchy or whether the minimal state is absolutely necessary for the maximization of freedom. Lost in this dispute is the question of whether man...
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Defining Government, Begging the Question: An Answer to Walter Block's Reply

Big GovernmentPhilosophy and MethodologyPolitical Theory

07/30/2014The Journal of Libertarian Studies
Walter Block has penned a response to my paper in which I argue that there isn’t much more than a verbal difference between limited government (minarchist) and defense-insurance agency (anarchist) libertarians. Block disputes my thesis for one reason: He defines government as necessarily coercive...
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Douglass C. North and Non-Marxist Institutional Determinism

Fiscal TheoryOther Schools of ThoughtPhilosophy and Methodology

07/30/2014The Journal of Libertarian Studies
Douglass North has written many essays and books over forty or more years in which he has sought to reintegrate economic theory and economic history. His project became more and more ambitious over time, producing interesting insights, questions, and narratives. His early interests and work...
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Do Pessimistic Assumptions about Human Behavior Justify Government?

Big GovernmentPhilosophy and MethodologyPolitical Theory

07/30/2014The Journal of Libertarian Studies
Is government a necessary institution? To answer this question, many theorists begin with an account of a state of nature in which there are no “rules” or institutions to regulate human behavior. They then compare that state of nature with outcomes that are theoretically achieved with a monopoly...
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Dehomogenizing Mises's Monetary Theory

Money and BanksMonetary TheoryMoney and BankingValue and Exchange

07/30/2014The Journal of Libertarian Studies
This article contains two parts that correspond to the two main fields of monetary theory. The first part examines the evolution of Mises’s analysis of the value of money, and the second part investigates developments in his banking theory. Volume 18, Number 3 (2004)
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Democratizing the Middle East: A Conservative Perspective?

War and Foreign PolicyWorld HistoryPolitical Theory

07/30/2014The Journal of Libertarian Studies
The war in Iraq continues to dominate international developments and in its uncertain course casts a shadow not only on the foreign policy record of the Bush administration but on the peace of the world as well. Although the president has frequently identified his outlook with conservatism—notably...
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