The Journal of Libertarian Studies

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Punishment and Proportionality: the Estoppel Approach

Legal System

03/01/1998The Journal of Libertarian Studies
No doubt punishment serves many purposes. It can deter crime and prevent the offender from committing further crimes. Punishment can even rehabilitate some criminals, if it is not capital. It can satisfy a victim’s longing for revenge, or his relatives’ desire to avenge. Punishment can...
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Why Race Matters: A Preview

02/26/1996The Journal of Libertarian Studies
The Journal of Libertarian Studies , Volume 12, Number 2 (Fall 1996)
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Professor Kroy on Contract and Freedom: Comment

05/22/1977The Journal of Libertarian Studies
The Journal of Libertarian Studies , Volume 1, Number 3 (1977)
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Posing the Problem: The Impossibility of Economic Calculation under Socialism

Other Schools of Thought

07/30/2014The Journal of Libertarian Studies
For industry to be operated effectively, it is necessary that those in charge be able to perform "economic calculation." It does not matter at all, for the purposes of this argument, whether "those in charge" are professional managers, acquisitive capitalists, workers'...
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Third Thoughts on Contracting Out

Free MarketsPhilosophy and MethodologyProduction Theory

07/30/2014The Journal of Libertarian Studies
Like many libertarians, I used to accept without question the idea that contracting out for government services was a good idea. After all, it puts production back into the hands of relatively efficient private producers. However, after reviewing the literature on contracting out for law...
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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...
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Of Graver Import Than History: Psychiatry in Fiction

07/30/2014The Journal of Libertarian Studies
In Chapter 9 of the Poetics, Aristotle wrote that "poetry is something more philosophic and of graver import than history, since its statements are of the nature rather of universals, whereas those of history are singulars". This is a classic tenet to whose abstract significance we often...
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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. Isolationism differs from pacifism (a refusal to sanction any given war), and one could call for strong national...
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Comment on Smith

Free MarketsLegal System

07/30/2014The Journal of Libertarian Studies
A paper reviewing George Smith's article "Justice Entrepreneurship in A Free Market" by Robert L. Formaini. Volume 3, Number 4 (1979)...
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Was Richard Cantillon an Austrian Economist?

History of the Austrian School of EconomicsOther Schools of ThoughtPhilosophy and Methodology

07/30/2014The Journal of Libertarian Studies
Can anyone take seriously the question posed by the title of this paper? History clearly reveals the following facts. Austrian economics began in 1871 with the pioneer work of the Viennese economist, Carl Menger. Cantillon's Essai sur la nature du commerce en général was written almost 150...
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