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The Austrian Theory of Efficiency and the Role of Government

Big GovernmentFree MarketsAustrian Economics OverviewInterventionism

07/30/2014The Journal of Libertarian Studies
The point to be emphasized in this paper is that if one starts with a different view of efficiency and market optimality, an entirely different set of conclusions relative to government intervention can be reached. In particular we will examine the approach to economics taken by the Austrian School...
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In Defense of Extreme (Fallibilistic) Apriorism

Calculation and KnowledgePhilosophy and Methodology

07/30/2014The Journal of Libertarian Studies
In this article, Professor Barry Smith presents a series of questions and theories in defense of apriorism. Volume 12, Number 1 (1996)
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Role of Personal Justice in Anarcho-capitalism, The

Legal System

07/30/2014The Journal of Libertarian Studies
A criticism with which an anarcho-capitalist is usually assailed concerns the operation of free-market courts. How can the free market guard the interests of justice? Will not there be an incentive for a person to hire a relative (family bias) or to bribe a judge so as to receive a favorable...
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Shackle: A Critical Sampling

BiographiesOther Schools of Thought

07/30/2014The Journal of Libertarian Studies
The works of Shackle are a mixed bag. There is no better critique of the modern Neoclassical orthodoxy than his Epistemics and Economics and few worse analyses of Keynes than his essay "Keynes and the Nature of Human Affairs". We do not have a unified coherent body of thought but rather scattered...
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Country Ideology, Republicanism, and Libertarianism: The thought of John Taylor of Caroline

BiographiesPolitical Theory

07/30/2014The Journal of Libertarian Studies
Joseph R. Stromberg recounts the life of John Taylor as well as his political contributions. Volume 6, Number 1 (1982)
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Nonexcludability and Government Financing of Public Goods

Free MarketsTaxes and Spending

07/30/2014The Journal of Libertarian Studies
Many economists consider public goods to be a case of market "failure." They argue that the free market cannot finance the optimal amount of public goods. Therefore, they say, the government must finance their provision. In this paper I shall challenge this view. Three well-known arguments...
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"All Mankind is One": The Libertarian Tradition in Sixteenth Century Spain

World HistoryMonetary TheoryPhilosophy and Methodology

07/30/2014The Journal of Libertarian Studies
It would probably be looked upon as unusual to associate sixteenth century Spain with the libertarian tradition. However, during that time there arose a school of natural law thinkers and activists who espoused a universal ethic of freedom, which they saw as applicable to all mankind. Volume 8,...
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Social Contract as a Basis of Norms: A Critique

Calculation and KnowledgePhilosophy and Methodology

07/30/2014The Journal of Libertarian Studies
In this note I will argue that social contract theories aimed at establishing norms for personal and community life are inadequate. Briefly, I show that in Kant and Rawls the alleged contractual basis for the legitimacy of law and government is supplemented with the very strict requirement of self-...
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Comments About the Mathematical Treatment of Economic Problems

Calculation and Knowledge

07/30/2014The Journal of Libertarian Studies
It is not possible to examine thoroughly the question of the mathematical treatment of economic problems within the frame of a brief essay. Fundamental questions of philosophy and epistemology, impossible to dispose of in a few sentences, would have to be raised. There- fore, only a few points will...
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Hayek and Institutional Evolution

Big GovernmentAustrian Economics OverviewPolitical Theory

07/30/2014The Journal of Libertarian Studies
Casual observation of the last thirty years or so indicates that the role government plays in the lives of individuals has been increasing. Within the internal structure of government itself there are a number of reasons for this, but perhaps the overriding factor that has given way to this state...
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