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Spencer and Hayek’s Liberal Evolutionism, and Why It Should Omit the Nation-State

LiberalismPolitical Theory

07/24/2021The Journal of Libertarian Studies
Evolutionary social theory can form part of a liberal theory of politics, but Hayek and Spencer's evolutionary arguments to explain the emergence of freedom in mass societies are deficient.
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Stealing from Thieves

LibertarianismLegal System

07/20/2021The Journal of Libertarian Studies
If property held by the government is "stolen property," is it acceptable for random citizens to “liberate” this property for their own use?
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Socialism and the Anarchy of Production

Socialism

01/24/2020The Journal of Libertarian Studies
Why is it impossible for anyone to develop a comprehensive plan of production as a whole? This article explains, applying the conclusion to the experience of the Soviet Union.
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Socialism and 'Social' Justice

Philosophy and MethodologyPolitical Theory

09/19/2018The Journal of Libertarian Studies
Hayek was forced to conclude that the term "social justice" was "entirely empty and meaningless” and is generally used to assert a claim without giving a reason for it.
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Social Scientists, Schooling, and the Acculturation of Immigrants in 19th Century America

EducationMonopoly and Competition

09/12/2018The Journal of Libertarian Studies
Public schools have always been central to government's ability to propagandize in favor of a single, homogenized, national system of government.
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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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Secession Reconsidered

U.S. HistoryPhilosophy and MethodologyPolitical Theory

07/30/2014The Journal of Libertarian Studies
The idea of secession has been around ever since there have been governments. It is an especially relevant topic today, as the emerging democracies in Eastern and Central Europe attempt to form new, stable political and economic units. The idea of secession, however, should not be limited to new...
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Stateless Society: Frech on Rothbard

Legal System

07/30/2014The Journal of Libertarian Studies
Various members of the academic community have attempted to attack Murray Rothbard's political and economic theories. One attempt made by H. E. Frech III in "The Public Choice Theory of Murray N. Rothbard, A Modern Anarchist" is quite disappointing in that it deals very superficially with many...
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Social Contract as a Basis of Norms: A Critique

Calculation and KnowledgePhilosophy and Methodology

07/30/2014The Journal of Libertarian Studies
In this note I will argue that social contract theories aimed at establishing norms for personal and community life are inadequate. Briefly, I show that in Kant and Rawls the alleged contractual basis for the legitimacy of law and government is supplemented with the very strict requirement of self-...
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Spontaneous Order and the Coordination of Economic Activities

Austrian Economics OverviewOther Schools of Thought

07/30/2014The Journal of Libertarian Studies
This paper is an essay on the coordination of economic activities. It is exploratory and speculative, connecting arguments that I have made in several other places. The essay is an attempt to give a coherent picture of some of the theoretical and practical problems facing economists, as well as...
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