“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.
Pope Francis has thoughtlessly rehashed the old lie that libertarianism is an anti-social philosophy.
Tarko’s book is “the best available introduction to the unique and remarkable thought of Elinor Ostrom.”
Laurance Labadie was the last true exponent of ninteenth-century Tuckerite anarchism.
Some argue occupational licensing fixes an information inequality between producers and consumers. It actually unfairly privileges incumbent firms.
The classical liberals saw themselves as egalitarians, attacking the undeserved privileges of the politically connected.
Where does Adam Smith fit into the history of economic and political thought? D’Amato surveys the disputed ideological territory.
D’Amato argues that Adam Smith’s role as a critic of incumbent mercantilist interests has been wrongly obscured by those who see him as aligned with the right.