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Carl Watner

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 Carl Watner is from Baltimore, Maryland.

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Do We Consent to Government by Refusing to Emigrate?

World HistoryPhilosophy and Methodology


John Locke was ridiculed for suggesting that people "consent" to their government by not emigrating. Hume suggested this theory could be used to claim consent for even the most outrageous tyrants.

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The Radical Libertarian Tradition in Antislavery Thought

World HistoryPrivate PropertyProduction Theory

04/10/2019The Journal of Libertarian Studies
The radicals advocated the right of the slaves to rebel, either individually or en masse , and to resort to violence in their own self-defense, and to call on those outside the slave system to come to their assistance.


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

Free MarketsU.S. HistoryInterventionism

09/29/2018The Journal of Libertarian Studies
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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The Territorial Assumption: Rationale for Conquest

Big GovernmentFree MarketsPrivate PropertyProduction Theory

07/30/2014The Journal of Libertarian Studies
The classic definition of the State involves two elements: a coercive monopolization of defense services over a given geographic area, and the imposition of coercive revenue collection from all of the area’s inhabitants. As Murray Rothbard has pointed out, even if taxes were voluntary, the...


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Without Firing a Single Shot: Societal Defense and Voluntaryist Resistance

Free MarketsWar and Foreign PolicyPhilosophy and MethodologyPolitical Theory

07/30/2014The Journal of Libertarian Studies
One might ask: why has there been so little consideration of nonviolent resistance among libertarians? Is it because they are so enamored of the concept of self-defense that they automatically assume that violence in the sphere of self-protection should be automatically extended to national defense...


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