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Introduction: An Economic Critique of Socialism

Other Schools of Thought

07/30/2014The Journal of Libertarian Studies
Collected together in this special issue of the Journal of Libertarian Studies is an apparently quite disparate group of articles on central economic planning, covering some theoretical disputes concerning it as well as some historical instances of attempts to put it into practice. These articles...
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William Wollaston on Property Rights

InterventionismPrivate Property

07/30/2014The Journal of Libertarian Studies
In the pages of an obscure book first published in 1722, there lurks one of the finest essays on property rights ever penned. The book is The Religion of Nature Delineated , by William Wollaston. Since Wollaston's property theory is an extension of his ethical theory, it is necessary to survey his...
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Entrepreneurial Activity and American Economic Progress

The EntrepreneurEntrepreneurship

07/30/2014The Journal of Libertarian Studies
It is to some extent heartening to know that economists are once again concerned with entrepreneurship and its role in economic life. Lest one be over- whelmed with joy, though, it is useful to recall that economists have toyed with this subject before, and with little enough direct impact upon the...
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Order Without Law: Where Will Anarchists Keep the Madmen?

Monopoly and Competition

07/30/2014The Journal of Libertarian Studies
As every honest man knows, crime doesn't pay. Our main problem is that apparently no one has yet told the criminals. Crime is our number one growth industry, and currently exhibits such bullish prospects that its present competitor seems content to merely slow its rate of growth. Thus the...
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Nozick and the Individualist Anarchist

Taxes and SpendingCapital and Interest Theory

07/30/2014The Journal of Libertarian Studies
Robert Nozick, in Anarchy, State, and Utopia presented his by-now-famous view that "a minimal state, limited to the narrow functions of protection against force, theft, fraud, enforcement of contracts, and so on, is justified." He went on to say that only such a state is justified. Since then, the...
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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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Relativism and Rights: A Reply to Harman

Philosophy and Methodology

07/30/2014The Journal of Libertarian Studies
Professor Loren E. Lomasky gives his critique of Gilbert Harman's "Moral Relativism as a Foundation for Natural Rights" published in The Journal of Libertarian Studies . Volume 4, Number 4 (1980)
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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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Book Reviews: Libertarianism—A Primer by David Boaz; Libertarianism: A Reader by David Boaz; and What It Means to Be a Libertarian by Charles Murray

Austrian Economics Overview

07/30/2014The Journal of Libertarian Studies
The American anti-statist intellectual tradition includes a wide variety of thinkers, from left utopians to secessionist agrarians to right anarchists.
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The Free Rider as a Basis for Government Intervention

Monetary Theory

07/30/2014The Journal of Libertarian Studies
The "free rider problem," arising from the fact that an individual may be able to obtain the benefits of a good without contributing to the cost, is discussed in a number of different contexts. In the case of a "public good" where the provider cannot exclude, a good which others provide for them-...
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