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Natural Rights Debate: A Comment On a Reply

Philosophy and Methodology

07/30/2014The Journal of Libertarian Studies
In his "A Groundwork for Rights: Man's Natural End," Douglas Rasmussen takes issue with a paper I presented at the Fifth Annual Libertarian Scholar's Conference in which I was concerned with the difficulty of demonstrating the validity of natural rights doctrines in general and the libertarian...
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Authority: H.L.A. Hart and the Problem with Legal Positivism

Legal SystemInterventionism

07/30/2014The Journal of Libertarian Studies
The major claim in this paper is that there is a distinct ambiguity in the way in which H. L. A. Hart employs the concept of authority in his account of the nature of law. It is a flaw in Hart's thesis that surprisingly few philosophers of law have detected. Perhaps this is because they share his...
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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 preoccupation...
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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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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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Free Market Transportation: Denationalizing The Roads

Free MarketsTaxes and Spending

07/30/2014The Journal of Libertarian Studies
Were a government to demand the sacrifice of 46,700 citizens' each year, there is no doubt that an outraged public would revolt. If an organized religion were to plan the immolation of 523,335 of the faithful in a decade,' there is no question that it would be toppled. Were there a Manson-type cult...
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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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Libertarian Literature Review Volume 12, Number 2

Media and CultureAustrian Economics Overview

07/30/2014The Journal of Libertarian Studies
Beginning with this issue of the Journal of Libertarian Studies, this section will provide short descriptions of recent scholarly articles expounding on libertarian theory or otherwise of special interest to libertarians. The articles listed will be drawn exclusively from non-libertarian...
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Public Goods and Externalities: The Case of Roads

Free MarketsTaxes and SpendingMonopoly and Competition

07/30/2014The Journal of Libertarian Studies
When government monopolization of the roadways is discussed by economists, the "externalities" argument is usually raised. The argument is said to be simple, clear, and irrefutable. In fact, none of these terms really apply. Let us consider the argument closely. Volume 7, Number 1 (1983)
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Intelligence and Ethics: The Cia's Covert Operations

Big GovernmentU.S. History

07/30/2014The Journal of Libertarian Studies
This paper will examine the CIA's role in the international power struggle by briefly outlining the formation and early history of the CIA, then by discussing the developments of the last twenty years that led to the crisis, and next by examining the early attempts at control and reform. Finally I...
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