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With the current jumble of poltical terms, it is hard to discern what is "libertarian," and what is not. Economic freedom and individual rights must be at the top of the list.
LibertarianismLiberalismProgressivismPhilosophy and Methodology
Patrick Deneen not only misunderstands John Stuart Mill, but he also misunderstands libertarians, claiming they are elitists who believe the world should be ruled by experts.
LibertarianismLiberalismPhilosophyPhilosophy and Methodology
Patrick Deneen writes that the nonaggression principle promotes a liberalism that is harmful to society, as evidenced by John Stuart Mill's idea of the tyranny of public opinion.
Big GovernmentBureaucracy and RegulationDemocracyLibertarianism
The European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation supposedly protects people from government data abuse. In reality, it empowers governments.
The classical liberal economist Edmund Phelps wants government to aid poor people, but he clearly is not an egalitarian. His philosophy would be unacceptable to today's "woke" egalitarians.
Leonard Read asked how we preserve liberty in a culture that doesn't appreciate it. Liberty cannot come through force and organization. It comes from within oneself.
Economic FreedomFree MarketsLibertarianism
More than forty years ago, Leonard Read urged graduates of Hillsdale College to find a premise, a belief in a universal idea of liberty.
LibertarianismProtectionism and Free Trade
A bedrock of Austrian economics and libertarianism has been free trade. Unfortunately, some people who claim to value liberty no longer value unhampered exchange.
HealthLibertarianismThe Police StateHistory of the Austrian School of Economics
Murray Rothbard was an elite economist, historian, and avowed enemy of the state. His legacy lives on nearly three decades after his untimely passing.
How do people in a pluralistic society live peacefully with each other? In his review of Kenneth McIntyre's book, David Gordon points to negative liberty as the best way to preserve values.