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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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Spontaneous Order and the Coordination of Economic Activities

Austrian Economics OverviewOther Schools of Thought

07/30/2014The Journal of Libertarian Studies
This paper is an essay on the coordination of economic activities. It is exploratory and speculative, connecting arguments that I have made in several other places. The essay is an attempt to give a coherent picture of some of the theoretical and practical problems facing economists, as well as...
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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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Libertarianism and Libertinism

Other Schools of ThoughtPhilosophy and Methodology

07/30/2014The Journal of Libertarian Studies
There is perhaps no greater confusion in all of political economy than that between libertarianism and libertinism. That they are commonly mistaken for one another is an understatement of the highest order. For several reasons, it is difficult to compare and contrast libertarianism and libertinism...
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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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Social Science: Making Visible the Invisible Hands

World HistoryCapital and Interest TheoryOther Schools of Thought

07/30/2014The Journal of Libertarian Studies
In this paper, Antony Flew discusses Marx and Engels, Adam Smith, and social science. Volume 8, Number 2 (1987)
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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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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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Anarchism and the Public Goods Issue: Law, Courts, and the Police

Free MarketsPhilosophy and MethodologyProduction Theory

07/30/2014The Journal of Libertarian Studies
This paper is an attempt to use what is essentially "public choice" analysis- which assumes that individuals will make "rational" choices based on self-interest- to show how the primary collective good, security, might be provided noncoercively, i.e., in the absence of a state...
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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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