Zwolinski discusses what makes Lysander Spooner his favorite libertarian.
The libertarian case against the welfare state is really just the result of the consistent application of moral common sense.
Hayek endorsed a guaranteed minimum income—but didn’t say why. In this essay, Matt Zwolinski attempts to reconstruct Hayek’s argument.
Zwolinski offers more arguments for his claim that a guaranteed basic income can be one way to rectify historical injustice—and needn’t violate libertarian principles.
Guaranteeing a minimum income to the poor is better than our current system of welfare, Zwolinski argues. And it can be justified by libertarian principles.
Zwolinski concludes his series on William Graham Sumner with the question of how we ought to help the poorest among us.
Zwolinski examines William Graham Sumner’s critique of “social justice.”
Not only is the charge of Sumner being a social Darwinist unfair, but it characterizes his views as nearly the opposite of what they actually were.
William Graham Sumner often gets unfairly labeled a social Darwinist. In this first post in a new series, Zwolinski tries to nail down just what “social Darwinism” means.
Libertarians certainly like to debate the merits of the non-aggression principle. Matt Zwolinksi attempts to figure out what libertarians really think.
Aggression and property rights are, by themselves, not the only categories relevant to moral or juridical evaluation.
A stringent application of the non-aggression principle has morally unacceptable implications.
Does the non-aggression principle prohibit all pollution, including industry, driving, and flashlights?
Zwolinski continues his discussion with David Friedman, arguing that there are situations where the presumption of freedom can be overridden.