Modern political economist Vincent Ostrom & classical anarchist Pierre-Joseph Proudhon envisioned societies with overlapping centers of power.
Progressives provide confused narratives about taxation, justice, and the popular will because they misunderstand what the democratic state is.
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.
The modern state is a contingent historical development, born in blood—not a permanent or inevitable feature of human society.
It may be doing more harm than good.
America may be increasingly polarized—but the split is cultural, not ideological.
Gun rights are fundamentally about the balance of power between rulers and ruled, not questions of constitutional interpretation.
“Ideal theory” political philosophy, like that of Rawls, glosses over the core problems with social democracy and other forms of statism.
D’Amato replies to Ryan Cooper’s essay “The Fraud of Classical Liberalism.”
Often claimed by modern socialist anarchists, Benjamin Tucker fits better in the libertarian tradition.
There’s a long history of libertarian thought on the ethics and efficacy of voting.
Libertarians have long drawn a distinction between those who produce wealth and those who expropriate it-but who is in which category has changed.
Social contract theories say that governments are just institutions that protect people’s liberties. Such theories serve to conceal the state’s tyranny.
D’Amato profiles Robert Anton Wilson, an eclectic thinker with a strong commitment to individualism and a penchant for mischief.
Early anarchist thinkers blurred the line between socialist and capitalist.
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.
Feudalism was, in a significant sense, private and contractual rather than public; that doesn’t make it libertarian.
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.