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Richard Cantillon: A Man of His Time: A Comment on Tarascio

The EntrepreneurMoney and BanksValue and Exchange

07/30/2014The Journal of Libertarian Studies
Professor Spengler refers to Richard Cantillon as the first of the modems. Professor Tarascio presents him from a current perspective. But it was the world as he knew it that Cantillon sought to explain. Inevitably he was a man of his time and it is primarily in that light that I should like to...
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Technological Change and the Profit Motive

World HistoryBusiness CyclesEntrepreneurshipProduction Theory

07/30/2014The Journal of Libertarian Studies
The United States emerged with a superior technology early in the nineteenth century. British customs officials confiscated shiploads of American clocks and other products as a violation of British anti dumping laws. They discovered, however, that the low prices on American clocks reflected lower...
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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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Ayn Rand and the Is-Ought Problem

Other Schools of ThoughtPhilosophy and Methodology

07/30/2014The Journal of Libertarian Studies
Although ethical systems may be divided into those which claim to be objective and those which freely acknowledge their own subjectivity, a special place must be reserved for an ethical system such as that of Ayn Rand which takes its name from this central claim to objectivity—Objectivism. In this...
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Comment on Hospers

Legal SystemInterventionism

07/30/2014The Journal of Libertarian Studies
Professor David Gordon gives his critique of John Hospers' "Libertarianism and Legal Paternalism" paper published in The Journal of Libertarian Studies. Volume 4, Number 3 (1980)
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The Foreign Policy of the Old Right

U.S. HistoryPhilosophy and MethodologyPolitical Theory

07/30/2014The Journal of Libertarian Studies
The categories of "right" and "left" have been changing so rapidly in recent years in America that it becomes difficult to recall what the labels stood for not very long ago. In the case of the left, this have become common knowledge, and we are all familiar with the contracts between "Old Left"...
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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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Hayek's Theory of Cultural Group Selection

07/30/2014The Journal of Libertarian Studies
This paper establishes what Hayek's evolutionary theory is, and argues (by reference to the preconditions of Darwinian natural selection) that it is scarcely tenable. It advances a third possible way in which social institutions might develop, and contends that this third way is the mode of social...
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Law and Liberty: A Comparison of Hayek and Bastiat

Monetary TheoryPhilosophy and MethodologyPolitical Theory

07/30/2014The Journal of Libertarian Studies
This paper compares the work of two pioneers in the field of law and liberty: F. A. Hayek and his predecessor, Frédéric Bastiat. Both these writers treat government by law as a necessary condition for the emergence of a free-market system; and they also warn that the substitution of distributive...
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