The Journal of Libertarian Studies

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Professor Hébert on Entrepreneurship

EntrepreneurshipOther Schools of Thought

12/21/2018The Journal of Libertarian Studies
Rothbard discusses the differences between Mises's and Kirzner's concept of the entrepreneur.
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Political Freedom and its Roots in Metaphysics

Other Schools of ThoughtPhilosophy and Methodology

07/30/2014The Journal of Libertarian Studies
Libertarianism -the political philosophy based on the concept of individual rights -seems to be an inherently clear, unambiguous position. Its fundamental principle, the principle that man's rights to his life, liberty and property are non-compromisable foundations for human co-existence in society...
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Privatization of Municipality-Provided Services

Free MarketsTaxes and Spending

07/30/2014The Journal of Libertarian Studies
The municipal reform movement of the progressive era succeeded in establishing local government monopoly in the provision of urban services. Competitive markets in such services as fire-fighting, street lighting, refuse removal, transit, and even policing then gave way to municipal bureaus and...
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Prejudice is Free, but Discrimination has Costs

Big GovernmentInterventionism

07/30/2014The Journal of Libertarian Studies
Thomas Sowell provides examples of people from many parts of the world demanding that their governments restrict the economic and occupational success of specific ethnic or racial groups. However, when the same people act as individuals or business owners, they actively resist and/or circumvent...
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Posing the Problem: The Impossibility of Economic Calculation under Socialism

Other Schools of Thought

07/30/2014The Journal of Libertarian Studies
For industry to be operated effectively, it is necessary that those in charge be able to perform "economic calculation." It does not matter at all, for the purposes of this argument, whether "those in charge" are professional managers, acquisitive capitalists, workers' councils or other...
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Political Unification: A Generalized Progression Theorem

Big GovernmentTaxes and SpendingInterventionism

07/30/2014The Journal of Libertarian Studies
A characteristic feature of modern civilization is the steady growth of government.1 This government growth occurs under two forms: either through a more intense taxation of its present subjects, or through bringing more people under its control. In other terms, government growth can either be an “...
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Pareto Optimality in Policy Espousal

Calculation and KnowledgeMonetary Theory

07/30/2014The Journal of Libertarian Studies
The concepts of Pareto optimality and Pareto- optimal change continue appearing in academic discussions as supposed criteria of policy and keys to a positive science of political economy. Much has been said against this idea, but the criticisms have been partial and scattered. The present paper...
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Public Goods and Externalities: The Case of Roads

Free MarketsTaxes and SpendingMonopoly and Competition

07/30/2014The Journal of Libertarian Studies
When government monopolization of the roadways is discussed by economists, the "externalities" argument is usually raised. The argument is said to be simple, clear, and irrefutable. In fact, none of these terms really apply. Let us consider the argument closely. Volume 7, Number 1 (1983)
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Principle and Expediency: The State Department and Palestine, 1948

War and Foreign PolicyWorld History

07/30/2014The Journal of Libertarian Studies
According to the conventional wisdom, the United Nations in effect established the state of Israel, doing so when the General Assembly voted for the partition of Palestine in November of 1947. President Truman ardently and consistently believed in a Zionist state, and hence was taken aback when...
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Public School Movement vs. the Libertarian Tradition

EducationTaxes and SpendingMonopoly and Competition

07/30/2014The Journal of Libertarian Studies
Given the temper of the times it was surprising that following the American Revolution there appeared proposals for national systems of education. The libertarian tradition which fed the flames of the Revolution was staunchly opposed to a union of government and schooling. The greatest fear was...
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