Instead of a Review: A Commentary on Libertarianism: What Everyone Needs to Know, by Jason Brennan, Part 2
Smith criticizes Jason Brennan’s view of the origin of “hard libertarianism” and his treatment of Ayn Rand.
Smith discusses why Ayn Rand believed that altruism is incompatible with benevolence and charitable actions.
Smith discusses Ayn Rand’s notion of self-sacrifice and the crucial role that duty played in her theory of altruism.
David Boaz highlights movies with strong themes of liberty.
George H. Smith concludes the series with a look at Roy Childs’s evolving views on anarchism.
In this essay, written in response to J. A. Hobson, Herbert shows how socialism depends upon the illegitimate use of force.
George H. Smith tackles several misconceptions about the theory of anarchism—and contrasts it with the condition of anarchy.
Auberon Herbert defends individualism against the collectivist ideas that man exists only as part of the group and that “society” has its own wants and needs.
Herbert defends a principle of liberty which holds that “freedom in … pursuit of happiness must not interfere with the exactly corresponding freedom of others.”
Auberon Herbert argues that politics must be based on general principles grounded in an understanding of human nature.
Increasing the sphere of politics leads to bad policy and increased vice.
In this excerpt from Man Versus the State, Herbert Spencer argues that as the state tries to regulate more of our lives, it inches us closer to slavery.
Smith analyzes two kinds of freedom, pragmatic and moral, and gives examples of how this distinction has been used in the history of libertarian thought.
In this chapter from The Man versus the State, Herbert Spencer attacks the rise of paternalist politics.