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Humanism: Progressive Philosophy at Odds with Itself

LibertarianismLiberalismProgressivism

11/05/2020The Journal of Libertarian Studies
Today’s progressive humanist movement transcends freedom, liberty, and reason by seeking utopian perfection through flawed secular dogma and compulsory communitarianism. Humanism’s progressive values cannot be achieved via compulsory means, as evinced by the repeated failure of intellectual...
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Herbert Spencer as an Anthropologist

Media and CulturePhilosophy and Methodology

07/30/2014The Journal of Libertarian Studies
Mention the name of Herbert Spencer to the average person and, if he is familiar with it at all, he is likely to say that Spencer was a political theorist who advocated laissez faire , and might even recall Spencer as a sociologist. But it is unlikely that he would identify Spencer as an...
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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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Human Choice and Historical Inevitability

07/30/2014The Journal of Libertarian Studies
This paper by Antony Flew offers a critique of Karl Popper's The Poverty of Historicism as well as E.H. Carr's What is History? Volume 5, Number 4 (1981)
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Hayek and Institutional Evolution

Big GovernmentAustrian Economics OverviewPolitical Theory

07/30/2014The Journal of Libertarian Studies
Casual observation of the last thirty years or so indicates that the role government plays in the lives of individuals has been increasing. Within the internal structure of government itself there are a number of reasons for this, but perhaps the overriding factor that has given way to this state...
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How Philosophical Errors Impede Freedom

Legal SystemPhilosophy and Methodology

07/30/2014The Journal of Libertarian Studies
That philosophic ideas count is no news to Austrian economists, whose economic theories rest on conceptual analyses of action and value. But philosophy can confuse as well as guide. In this article, I will discuss two philosophical mistakes that in recent times have supported dangerous idiocy while...
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Human Autonomy and the Natural Right to Be Free

HealthPhilosophy and Methodology

07/30/2014The Journal of Libertarian Studies
In this paper, Christopher W. Morris attempts to defend the natural right of freedom from the premise of human autonomy. Volume 4, Number 4 (1980)
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Hayek's Theory of Cultural Group Selection

07/30/2014The Journal of Libertarian Studies
This paper establishes what Hayek's evolutionary theory is, and argues (by reference to the preconditions of Darwinian natural selection) that it is scarcely tenable. It advances a third possible way in which social institutions might develop, and contends that this third way is the mode of social...
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Hayek and Political Order: The Rule of Law

Legal System

07/30/2014The Journal of Libertarian Studies
We might assume from the title of Hayek's earliest comprehensive treatment of the subject that the "rule of law" would appear as the summation of his political philosophy, as his legal ideal. Indeed, Hayek's formulation of the principles of the "rule of law" serves as a synthesis of his notions...
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Herbert Spencer's Theory of Causation

Calculation and KnowledgePhilosophy and Methodology

07/30/2014The Journal of Libertarian Studies
This paper traces Spencer's theory of causation through various disciplines, with special emphasis on Spencer's "scientific" system of ethics — something he regarded as the crowning achievement of his life's work. I shall attempt to explain Spencer rather than criticize him. His theories are...
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