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Violence, Homesteading, and the Origins of Private Property

Philosophy and MethodologyPrivate Property

Blog12/13/2019

Even if we find that property was privatized by violence back in the mists of the past, it is not the slightest proof that the abolition of ownership is necessary, advisable, or morally justified.

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The Greatest of Modern Demagogues

Friedrich Hayek called Franklin Roosevelt "the greatest of modern demagogues."

12/09/2019Power & Market
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Democracy Is Coercive, No Matter What "Civic Republicans" Say

Blog12/06/2019

For an advocate of civil republicanism, you could be drafted into the army, or taxed at very high rates, and that's fine because you participated in a process (democracy) in which you helped pick your own rulers. This view of freedom has a few problems.

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What Venezuela Needs for a Prosperous Future

Blog12/04/2019

Political and economic salvation for Venezuela can come only from the Venezuelan people themselves. They cannot be “forced to be free.”

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John Rawls's Unfortunate Notions of the Nation-State

Philosophy and Methodology

Blog11/29/2019

John Rawls claimed "justice" demands governments use their power to benefit the least well off in a given society. But then he arbitrarily restricts the scope of these programs to particular nation-states. This betrays a fundamental problem with his idea of inequality.

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How Entrepreneurs Learn from the Marketplace

The Entrepreneur

Blog11/28/2019

In a world of demanding and ever-changing consumers, there is always a way to do things better, with greater quality, and at a lower price. Entrepreneurs must learn how to do this, or they will lose out to those who can.

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Catholics and Libertarians

Anthony Flood has written a defense of the compatibility of Austro-libertarianism with Roman Catholic thought, in response to a book by Christopher Ferrara critical of Austrian economics and libertarian ideas.

11/27/2019Power & Market
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A Problem with Paternalism

Blog11/22/2019

Paternalism has in recent years made a comeback, but its philosophical foundation is quite flimsy.

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