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Pension Fund Socialism: A Critique

07/30/2014The Journal of Libertarian Studies
In a provocative book recently published"'. Peter F. Drucker undertakes to show how the generalization of pension funds in the last 25 years has brought about profound changes in the American economy and society. One of the theses developed in the hook has in the past received a good deal of...
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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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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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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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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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Note on Anarchy, State, and Utopia

Monopoly and Competition

07/30/2014The Journal of Libertarian Studies
Robert Nozick's widely hailed Anarchy, State, and Utopia has been analyzed primarily in terms of the arguments he engages in with his fellow "public philosopher", John Rawls. Yet perhaps the most unusual line of thinking introduced by Nozick is his "invisible hand" explanation for the origin of the...
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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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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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Third Thoughts on Contracting Out

Free MarketsPhilosophy and MethodologyProduction Theory

07/30/2014The Journal of Libertarian Studies
Like many libertarians, I used to accept without question the idea that contracting out for government services was a good idea. After all, it puts production back into the hands of relatively efficient private producers. However, after reviewing the literature on contracting out for law...
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Herbert Spencer as an Anthropologist

Media and CulturePhilosophy and Methodology

07/30/2014The Journal of Libertarian Studies
Mention the name of Herbert Spencer to the average person and, if he is familiar with it at all, he is likely to say that Spencer was a political theorist who advocated laissez faire , and might even recall Spencer as a sociologist. But it is unlikely that he would identify Spencer as an...
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