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Monetary History of America to 1789: A Historiographical Essay

World HistoryMonetary Theory

07/30/2014The Journal of Libertarian Studies
In no other field is the crucial importance of theory to history more obvious than in the field of economic history. One's knowledge of the concrete historical events may remain unchanged, but if the economic theory applied to those events is altered, then one's entire historical...
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Toward a Theory of Legal Naturalism

Legal SystemPolitical Theory

07/30/2014The Journal of Libertarian Studies
In legal philosophy there is perhaps no older, nor deeper, conflict than that which exists between legal positivists and natural law advocates. I use these "catch words" not with- out a certain trepidation since they have had shifting and divergent meanings. This has resulted in a...
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Religion, Morality, and American Politics

Legal SystemMedia and CulturePolitical Theory

07/30/2014The Journal of Libertarian Studies
Although historians had long missed the importance of religion in American politics, it has recently become a central topic. My focus will be on the late- nineteenth century, with particular concern for why voting and party affiliation were highly correlated with religious preferences. I will...
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Levin on Feminism and Freedom

Media and CulturePhilosophy and Methodology

07/30/2014The Journal of Libertarian Studies
Michael Levin's Feminism and Freedom is the work of a supremely courageous individual. Women's liberation has so permeated the universities that any attack on this philosophy is bound to create personal difficulties for a male author. Volume 10, Number 1 (1991)...
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Pareto Optimality, External Benefits and Public Goods: A Subjectivist Approach

Monetary TheoryPhilosophy and Methodology

07/30/2014The Journal of Libertarian Studies
It will be argued in this paper that the external-benefits and public-goods arguments are incorrect and are due to a failure to consider all or the correct costs involved in the decision on whether the public sector should subsidize or provide the goods in question. The first part of this paper...
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The Invisible Hand Strikes Back

Legal System

07/30/2014The Journal of Libertarian Studies
Surely one of the most significant occurrences on the intellectual scene during the past few years has been the emergence of a professor of philosophy at Harvard University as an eloquent and forceful spokesman for the doctrine of Libertarianism. Indeed, so much attention and praise has been lately...
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Concept of "Nature" in Liberal Political Thought

Political Theory

07/30/2014The Journal of Libertarian Studies
The connection between a theory of human nature and normative political theory is a puzzling one. Despite the depredations suffered by naturalistic theories of ethics and politics at the hands of prescriptivist (and other) moral philosophers, the temptation to found a political theory on some...
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The Dynamics and Dialectics of Capitalism

Free MarketsOther Schools of Thought

07/30/2014The Journal of Libertarian Studies
Free societies (whatever the fine points in defining "free") are not necessarily self-perpetuating. An understanding of this has underlain many of the attempts — past and present — to clarify the nature of a capitalist economy — both its dynamics in furthering what has...
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Philosophy of Freedom

Other Schools of ThoughtPolitical Theory

07/30/2014The Journal of Libertarian Studies
In this paper, Antony Flew discusses liberty and political freedom. Volume 9, Number 1 (1989)
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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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