The Journal of Libertarian Studies

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A Defense Against Attacks on Negative Liberty

Philosophy and Methodology

07/14/2021The Journal of Libertarian Studies
Negative liberty, which defines freedom exclusively in terms of independence of the individual from interference by others, is defended against contemporary philosophers Charles Taylor and Martha Nussbaum.


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A Review Essay of Radicals for Capitalism: A Freewheeling History of the Modern American Libertarian Movement by Brian Doherty


05/19/2021The Journal of Libertarian Studies
The outstanding merit of Brian Doherty’s book is that it contains a treasure trove of valuable information regarding the events, personalities, periodicals and organizations whose complex interplay influenced the intellectual and institutional development of the modern American libertarian movement.


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Ayn Rand


05/19/2021The Journal of Libertarian Studies
Professor Machan aims to provide an introduction to Ayn Rand's thought for "a broader readership who may have heard of Rand but not examined her ideas in detail."


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A Libertarian Analysis of the COVID-19 Pandemic

LawLibertarianismProperty Rights

11/06/2020The Journal of Libertarian Studies
What is the correct analysis, from a libertarian point of view, of governmental action in the face of the coronavirus? Is the state justified in imposing quarantines or vaccines to cure this disease?


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A Defense of Natural Procedural Rights

LawProperty Rights

11/05/2020The Journal of Libertarian Studies
Agents have rights to stop those who are violating their rights and to rectification when their rights are violated. But in pursuing these rights, agents may also have an obligation to inform others of the extent to which they are prepared to go in enforcing these rights.
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A Practical Approach to Legal-Pluralist Anarchism: Eugen Ehrlich, Evgeny Pashukanis, and Meaningful Freedom through Incremental Jurisprudential Change

Legal SystemPolitical Theory

12/30/2019The Journal of Libertarian Studies
John Hasnas has argued that anarchy must be achieved gradually. The way to Hasnian anarchy or minarchy lies in the application of case law to decrease state power.
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Anderson, Hazlitt, and the Quantity Theory of Money

History of the Austrian School of EconomicsMonetary Theory

05/22/2018The Journal of Libertarian Studies
It was Benjamin Anderson who injected in Hazlitt a radical distaste of inflationary policies and paper money.


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A Libertarian Theory of Free Immigration

War and Foreign PolicyInterventionismPolitical Theory

12/16/2017The Journal of Libertarian Studies
The problems posed by free emigration and immigration often lead to confusion among libertarian theorists and lovers of freedom.


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Adam Smith: A Reappraisal

07/30/2014The Journal of Libertarian Studies
In his monumental work, An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations , Adam Smith captured the spirit of the new industrial and commercial system and presented its theoretical defense . in a form which dominated the thought of the most influential writers of political...


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Austrian Monopoly Theory — A Critique

Monopoly and CompetitionPhilosophy and Methodology

07/30/2014The Journal of Libertarian Studies
There are two views of monopoly within what might be called the broad Austrian camp. According to the Mises-Kirzner view, monopoly price can exist on the free market, and a necessary part of its definition is a purposeful withholding of resources on the part of the monopolist. Rothbard, however,...


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