The Journal of Libertarian Studies

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New Rationalist Directions in Libertarian Rights Theory

Free MarketsInterventionism

07/30/2014The Journal of Libertarian Studies
Classical liberals and libertarians believe that individuals have rights, even if there is debate about just why we have them or how this can be proved. Volume 12, Number 2 (1996)
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Market Chosen Law

Big GovernmentFree MarketsLegal System

07/30/2014The Journal of Libertarian Studies
Central planning and state control are often cast aside as inferior replacements to far more efficient and humane voluntary market transactions. Still there is one area that most believe must be run collectively through the state. The realm of law is often the foundation of government, and the...
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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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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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Rashid on Adam Smith: In Need of Proof

Monetary Theory

07/30/2014The Journal of Libertarian Studies
Salim Rashid (1990) purports to have established some facts about Adam Smith's scholarship, significant among which are (a) Smith's plagiarism, (b) the poor quality of Smith's arguments or ideas compared with those of his predecessors or contemporaries, and (c) Smith's inconsistent arguments...
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A Libertarian Case for Free Immigration

War and Foreign PolicyCalculation and Knowledge

07/30/2014The Journal of Libertarian Studies
In this paper I will attempt to analyze laws limiting emigration, migration, and immigration from the libertarian perspective. I will defend the view that the totally free movement of goods, factors of production, money, and, most important of all, people, is part and parcel of this traditional...
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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 been called the free or even...
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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 interpretation...
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Adam Smith's Acknowledgments: Neo-Plagiarism and the Wealth of Nations

07/30/2014The Journal of Libertarian Studies
It is now generally accepted by historians of economic thought that in the nineteenth century Adam Smith's work was much overpraised for its originality and design. In an obvious reference to Smith, both Archbishop Whately and John Stuart Mill spoke of political economy having arisen as a science...
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Religion, Morality, and American Politics

Legal SystemMedia and CulturePolitical Theory

07/30/2014The Journal of Libertarian Studies
Although historians had long missed the importance of religion in American politics, it has recently become a central topic. My focus will be on the late- nineteenth century, with particular concern for why voting and party affiliation were highly correlated with religious preferences. I will...
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