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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.

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Libertarian Thinking on Redistribution

by David S. D’Amato on Aug 14, 2017

Though they don’t think there’s anything wrong with unequal wealth distribution per se, libertarians can and do criticize the unjust processes that can lead to inequality.

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Understanding the Feudal Order

by David S. D’Amato on Jul 10, 2017

Feudalism was, in a significant sense, private and contractual rather than public; that doesn’t make it libertarian.

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Christian Non-Resistance and the Hopedale Community

by David S. D’Amato on Jun 12, 2017

Adin Ballou’s Hopedale Community was committed to proto-libertarian positions on the state’s use of violence and the individual’s responsibility not to participate in state violence.