June 2, 1983 Video Collection

Roy A. Childs, Jr.: The Ethics of Liberty

Roy A. Childs, Jr., was an essayist, lecturer, and critic. He first came to prominence in the libertarian movement with his 1969 “Open Letter to Ayn Rand,” and he quickly established himself as a major thinker within the libertarian tradition. He passed away in 1992.

In this lecture from a Cato Summer Seminar at Dartmouth in 1983, Childs gives a talk on the ethical implications of the libertarian philosophy. He begins with an introduction to Robert Nozick’s theory of justice and the consideration that “liberty upsets patterns,” and follows up by introducing the principles of ownership, just acquisition, and transfer of property.