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Rothbard and the Problem of Rules

Philosophy and MethodologyPolitical Theory

Blog11/13/2020

It makes sense that individual ethics can vary within a natural law framework: the nonaggression principle isn't so much a rule to be applied as a norm to be followed. It's the foundation that makes life among other people possible.

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Rand Paul Is Right about the Nazis and Socialism

SocialismWorld History

Blog10/16/2020

Mises in 1944: "The German and the Russian systems of socialism have in common the fact that the government has full control of the means of production."

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Risk and Uncertainty

Calculation and KnowledgePhilosophy and Methodology

Blog09/11/2020

The distinction between risk and uncertainty is a key tenet of the Austrian school. Mainstream neoclassicists reject it.

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Rothbard and Double Restitution

Legal SystemPhilosophy and Methodology

Blog09/04/2020

Economists who have written on punishment find Rothbard's “double restitution” idea puzzling, because they think about it only in terms of economic efficiency. But Rothbard's theory is based on a moral principle.

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Rothbard on Substitutionism

The Police StateWar and Foreign PolicyPhilosophy and Methodology

Blog06/26/2020

Rothbard has explained how it is wrong to equate what would be reasonable for a private protection agency with what is permissible for the state.

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Richard Cobden: Exemplar of Liberty, Property, and Peace

BiographiesProtectionism and Free TradeWorld History

Blog06/03/2020

Richard Cobden today is an underappreciated hero of peace and freedom in trade, and he fought the power of the state at every turn.

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Robert Nozick on Austrian Economics

Philosophy and MethodologyPraxeology

Blog05/08/2020

It isn’t a good argument against Austrian economics that someone might come up with a science that made better predictions. You have to show us the science, so that it can be compared with praxeology. Suffice it to say that this hasn’t been done.

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Rose Wilder Lane Is Now More Relevant Than Ever

SocialismStrategyU.S. History

Blog03/07/2020

Rose Wilder Lane was one of the past century's most ardent proponents of liberty. Give Me Liberty, which traces her evolution from communism to a devotion to liberty, is as relevant to the present as it was in 1936.

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