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Millenialism and the Progressive Movement

Media and CulturePhilosophy and Methodology

07/30/2014The Journal of Libertarian Studies
Murray Rothbard was seriously interested in a remarkably large array of topics, one of them being the effects of rival eschatological views during the Progressive era. The period was marked by four major eschatological views: postmillennialism, amillennialism, and the two forms of premillennialism...
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Edwin M. Borchard, John Bassett Moore, and Opposition to American Intervention in World War II

War and Foreign PolicyWorld HistoryInterventionism

07/30/2014The Journal of Libertarian Studies
Historians have examined many factors concerning American isolationism in the years 1939 to 1941. They have delved into action groups, prominent personalities, and economic and strategic rationales. Surprisingly little research, however, has been done on the role that international law played in...
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Harman's Moral Relativism

Calculation and Knowledge

07/30/2014The Journal of Libertarian Studies
Moral relativism, a theory typically beclouded by inexact formulations and confusions with cultural relativism, has recently been defended lucidly and forcefully by Gilbert Harman. His article has the dual virtues of carefully stating the version of moral relativism being proposed and drawing...
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On the Parity of Groups

Media and CulturePhilosophy and Methodology

07/30/2014The Journal of Libertarian Studies
One sign of the lengthy distance we have traveled away from the liberal, individualist origins of the American political order is the surprising prevalence of that visualization of social discrimination which sees it more as a problem of attaining the proper ratios between groups than of attaining...
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Prejudice is Free, but Discrimination has Costs

Big GovernmentInterventionism

07/30/2014The Journal of Libertarian Studies
Thomas Sowell provides examples of people from many parts of the world demanding that their governments restrict the economic and occupational success of specific ethnic or racial groups. However, when the same people act as individuals or business owners, they actively resist and/or circumvent...
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Land-Use Planning: Implications of the Economic Calculation Debate

Taxes and SpendingPrivate Property

07/30/2014The Journal of Libertarian Studies
The recent widely cited National Agricultural Lands Study (NALS) adds to the growing number of individuals and organizations holding the view that land resources are too important to be left to the "whims of market forces." In this view, there should be a shift from private ownership of...
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An Integration of The Wealth of Nations with The Theory of Moral Sentiments

Capital and Interest TheoryEntrepreneurshipMonetary TheoryOther Schools of Thought

07/30/2014The Journal of Libertarian Studies
This paper contends that Adam Smith meant what he said; human nature is ennobled by the cultivation of its lands, the advancement of its manufactures, the increase of its commerce, etc. Since it describes the environment in which these improvements will most likely occur, The Wealth of Nations...
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Internal Inconsistencies in Arguments for Government: Nozick, Rand, and Hospers

Free MarketsOther Schools of ThoughtPhilosophy and MethodologyPolitical Theory

07/30/2014The Journal of Libertarian Studies
Those who deny that the provision of protection services could be supplied through either the market or some other nonmonopolistic device must therefore endorse some sort of state. And those within that group who maintain that the provision of such services to everyone within a given territory is...
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Origins of the Welfare State in America

Taxes and SpendingU.S. EconomyInterventionism

07/30/2014The Journal of Libertarian Studies
Standard theory views government as functional: a social need arises, and government, semi-automatically, springs up to fill that need. The analogy rests on the market economy: demand gives rise to supply (e.g., a demand for cream cheese will result in a supply of cream cheese on the market). But...
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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...
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