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Edwin M. Borchard, John Bassett Moore, and Opposition to American Intervention in World War II

War and Foreign PolicyWorld HistoryInterventionism

07/30/2014The Journal of Libertarian Studies
Historians have examined many factors concerning American isolationism in the years 1939 to 1941. They have delved into action groups, prominent personalities, and economic and strategic rationales. Surprisingly little research, however, has been done on the role that international law played in...
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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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Harman's Moral Relativism

Calculation and Knowledge

07/30/2014The Journal of Libertarian Studies
Moral relativism, a theory typically beclouded by inexact formulations and confusions with cultural relativism, has recently been defended lucidly and forcefully by Gilbert Harman. His article has the dual virtues of carefully stating the version of moral relativism being proposed and drawing...
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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...
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Editorial

Education

07/30/2014The Journal of Libertarian Studies
The Journal of Libertarian Studies has been founded not simply to provide an outlet for scholarship and research that may be unpopular in a particular discipline. It is the belief that there is a new and growing interdisciplinary discipline—libertarianism—enriched by contributions in...
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Fallacies of the Public Goods Theory and the Production of Security

Philosophy and MethodologyProduction Theory

07/30/2014The Journal of Libertarian Studies
In this paper, Professor Hans-Hermann Hoppe offers an examination of the theory of public goods. Volume 9, Number 1 (1989)
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Social Contract: A Critique

Philosophy and Methodology

07/30/2014The Journal of Libertarian Studies
A society is certainly conceivable in which there was no governmental intervention in family life or education and in which the sole function of law enforcement was the upholding of universal rights. Volume 1, Number 3 (1977)
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Influence of Cantillon's Essai on the Methodology of J.B. Say: A Comment on Liggio

Philosophy and MethodologyValue and Exchange

07/30/2014The Journal of Libertarian Studies
One of the most important areas in which Cantillon influenced J. B. Say involves a set of issues which receives no explicit treatment in the Essai . I refer to the distinctive and pathbreaking methodology employed by Cantillon in his treatise. Volume 7, Number 2 (1985)
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Herbert Spencer's Theory of Causation

Calculation and KnowledgePhilosophy and Methodology

07/30/2014The Journal of Libertarian Studies
This paper traces Spencer's theory of causation through various disciplines, with special emphasis on Spencer's "scientific" system of ethics — something he regarded as the crowning achievement of his life's work. I shall attempt to explain Spencer rather than criticize...
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Austrian Perspective on Some Leading Jacksonian Monetary Theorists

Free MarketsU.S. EconomyAustrian Economics OverviewMonetary Theory

07/30/2014The Journal of Libertarian Studies
The purpose of this paper is to discuss the monetary philosophies of some of the leading Jacksonian economic theorists, as revealed during their opposition to the Second Bank of the United States. The analysis will be conducted from an Austrian school monetary framework, because its proponents have...
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