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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...
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Benjamin Tucker and His Periodical, Liberty

Free MarketsInterventionismPhilosophy and Methodology

07/30/2014The Journal of Libertarian Studies
The 403 issues of Liberty which appeared have been reprinted and made available by the Greenwood Reprinting Corporation. They are a great source of information both to the historian and to the philosopher. Here we can analyze the history of the individualist anarchist movement, its reaction to...
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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...
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On Liberal and Democratic Nationhood

Monetary TheoryOther Schools of ThoughtPhilosophy and MethodologyPolitical Theory

07/30/2014The Journal of Libertarian Studies
The consubstantiality of liberalism and democracy has become a modem religious dogma. It is a doctrine transcending established political divisions, and ever since the de-Sovietization of Eastern Europe that began last year American journalists of otherwise differing ideological persuasions have...
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Negative Interest Rate: Toward a Taxonomic Critique

Money and BanksTaxes and Spending

07/30/2014The Journal of Libertarian Studies
A basic principle of Austrian economics is that the originary rate of interest (the rate of discount of future goods compared to present, otherwise identical, goods) can never be negative. The reason for this arises not because capital is productive, nor out of man's psychology. Nevertheless,...
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Critique of the Standard Account of the Socialist Calculation Debate

07/30/2014The Journal of Libertarian Studies
As the Marxian philosopher Louis Althusser used to put it, no reading is innocent. The meaning a reader derives from a particular piece of scholarly literature is unavoidably influenced by his premises and analytical frame- work. When the underlying theoretical framework of the reader differs...
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Socialism and 'Social' Justice

Philosophy and MethodologyPolitical Theory

07/30/2014The Journal of Libertarian Studies
In his Preface to The Mirage of Social Justice , Hayek explained how he came to conclude “that the Emperor had no clothes on, that is, that the term ‘social justice’ was entirely empty and meaningless” and “that the people who habitually employ the phrase simply do not...
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An Economic Analysis of the Norris-LaGuardia Act, the Wagner Act, and the Labor Representation Industry

Legal SystemPolitical TheoryProduction Theory

07/30/2014The Journal of Libertarian Studies
Economists have been relatively silent about the legislation from the 1930's which supports unionism and collective bargaining in the United States. A failure to apply economic analysis to the Norris-LaGuardia and Wagner acts has allowed a consensus about this legislation to develop among labor...
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Property Rights in Celtic Irish Law

World HistoryPrivate Property

07/30/2014The Journal of Libertarian Studies
It is impossible at the present time to present a systematic, coherent description of the ancient Irish law of property. The reason is that a considerable portion of the sources have not been published in modern scientific textual editions and translations. Volume 1, Number 2 (1977)
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Boom and Bust: The Political Economy of Economic Disorder

U.S. EconomyMonetary TheoryPolitical Theory

07/30/2014The Journal of Libertarian Studies
Adam Smith noted in 1776 that "What is prudence in the conduct of every private family can scarce be folly in that of a great kingdom." The Classical economists generally believed that principles of sound business practice were equally appropriate for a family and for government, and this...
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