The Journal of Libertarian Studies

"Come What, Come Will!" Richard Overton, Libertarian Leveller

September 29, 2018
The Ron Paul of his era, Richard Overton, in both word and deed, was a fearless man, true to his ideals of justice, without regard for personal consequence.

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"Oh, Ye Are For Anarchy!": Consent Theory In the Radical Libertarian Tradition

The twentieth century libertarian movement has experienced an ongoing debate between the minarchists, the advocates of "limited" government, and the anarchists, who argue that the ultimate implications of libertarian principles are "no" government. Few of the parties to these arguments realize that...

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A Note on Corruption by Public Officials: The Black Market for Property Rights

Illegal activities in the private sector arise because the market mechanism is not allowed to perform its allocative functions. Often when government action creates a shortage by preventing the sale of a good or service at a freely determined market price, there are some individuals in the private...

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A Spectre is Haunting America: An Interpretation of Progressivism

The Progressive Era and the eighteen-nineties immediately preceding it have probably been the foci of more superior scholarship than any other periods in American history. Yet, as the volume of research has increased, the divisions in interpreting the data are sharper now than ever before. Volume 3...

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Boom and Bust: The Political Economy of Economic Disorder

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 belief...

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Comment on Smith

A paper reviewing George Smith's article "Justice Entrepreneurship in A Free Market" by Steven Strasnick. Volume 3, Number 4 (1979)

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Libertarians and Indians: Proprietary Justice and Aboriginal Land Rights

This paper by Carl Watner discusses the property rights of Native Americans. Volume 7, Number 1 (1983)

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Was Richard Cantillon an Austrian Economist?

Can anyone take seriously the question posed by the title of this paper? History clearly reveals the following facts. Austrian economics began in 1871 with the pioneer work of the Viennese economist, Carl Menger. Cantillon's Essai sur la nature du commerce en général was written almost 150 years...

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"All Mankind is One": The Libertarian Tradition in Sixteenth Century Spain

It would probably be looked upon as unusual to associate sixteenth century Spain with the libertarian tradition. However, during that time there arose a school of natural law thinkers and activists who espoused a universal ethic of freedom, which they saw as applicable to all mankind. Volume 8,...

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"Let the People See" Reflections on Ethnoreligious Forces in American Politics

In a long editorial entitled "Let the People See," which appeared in the New York Tribune in 1852, Horace Greeley, the great editor and leader of the Whig party, gloomily evaluated his party's chances at the polls that autumn. He believed that in any work place, a machine shop for example, fifteen...

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