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Nozick, Anarchism and Procedural Rights

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07/30/2014Jeffrey Paul

While many minimal state theorists, such as Ayn Rand, have found in anarchism an unacceptable vehicle for the conveyance of natural rights libertarianism, Nozick, with Locke, does not dispute the logical compatibility of anarchism and natural rights theory. Instead, having conceded to the anarchists that advocacy of no government is not inconsistent with the espousal of natural rights libertarianism, Nozick purports to have demonstrated that (a) a state-like entity will emerge naturally from anarchy, and (b) that its emergence is both morally necessary and proper.

Volume 1, Number 4 (1977)

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Paul, Jeffrey. "Nozick, Anarchism and Procedural Rights." Journal of Libertarian Studies 1, No. 4 (1977): 337-340.