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Everything Wrong with the Presidents

Everything Wrong with the Truman Administration

by David S. D’Amato on Mar 20, 2019

Was Harry Truman one of the worst terrorists of all time? If words mean anything anymore—then absolutely, yes.

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A Libertarian Model of the Social Safety Net

by David S. D’Amato on Feb 23, 2019

The paternalistic welfare state has failed to create a reliable social safety net. Decentralized, voluntary institutions can do the job better.

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Federalism in Proudhon and Ostrom

by David S. D’Amato on Dec 6, 2018

Modern political economist Vincent Ostrom & classical anarchist Pierre-Joseph Proudhon envisioned societies with overlapping centers of power.

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Are Taxes a Democratic Alternative to Charity?

by David S. D’Amato on Oct 12, 2018

Progressives provide confused narratives about taxation, justice, and the popular will because they misunderstand what the democratic state is.

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A Review of Posner and Weyl’s Radical Markets

by David S. D’Amato on Sep 14, 2018

A new book from Eric Posner and E. Glen Weyl avoids many mistakes commonly seen in modern arguments, only to resurrect other, long-buried, errors.

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Understanding the Modern State

by David S. D’Amato on Aug 10, 2018

The modern state is a contingent historical development, born in blood—not a permanent or inevitable feature of human society.

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Challenging Ideal Theory

by David S. D’Amato on Apr 20, 2018

“Ideal theory” political philosophy, like that of Rawls, glosses over the core problems with social democracy and other forms of statism.

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Benjamin Tucker, Libertarian

by David S. D’Amato on Mar 19, 2018

Often claimed by modern socialist anarchists, Benjamin Tucker fits better in the libertarian tradition.

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Social Contract Theory as Statist Apologia

by David S. D’Amato on Jan 30, 2018

Social contract theories say that governments are just institutions that protect people’s liberties. Such theories serve to conceal the state’s tyranny.