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Case(s) for Private Property

by David S. D’Amato on Oct 12, 2015

Are libertarians begging the question when they talk about what counts as aggression? Not so, argues D’Amato.

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The Right to Rule

by David S. D’Amato on Oct 1, 2015

We reject the idea that some people are born superior to others, with a right to rule them. What, then, if anything, justifies a state’s power over its citizens?

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Occupational Licensing Is a Scam

by David S. D’Amato on Sep 9, 2015

Government restrictions on who can enter an occupation don’t protect consumers, but rather licensees’ bottom lines.

 

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The Politics of Modernism

by David S. D’Amato on Aug 13, 2015

We can best understand modern America by looking at the ways fascism and socialism are kin.

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Private Property and Two Kinds of Force

by David S. D’Amato on Aug 3, 2015

Property, properly understood, does not restrict liberty. Well-defined boundaries help us differentiate between aggressive and defensive violence.

 

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The Myth of Apolitical Pragmatism

by David S. D’Amato on Jul 15, 2015

The partisans of “reasonable” technocracy often hide their desire to dominate others behind a disdain for “ideology” and “politics.”

 

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Minarchists and Anarchists in Libertarian History

by David S. D’Amato on Nov 27, 2018

Minarchists and anarchists—i.e. champions of the night-watchman state and opponents of any state—aren’t as clearly distinguishable as one might think.

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Why Decentralism? Beyond Left and Right

by David S. D’Amato on Jun 29, 2015

An emphasis on decentralization unites radicals on left and right in American politics, while moderates support central power.

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Classical Elite Theory and Libertarianism

by David S. D’Amato on Nov 27, 2018

Though fundamentally incompatible, both Classical Elite Theory and libertarianism recognize that oligarchs are corrupt.

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Thomism and Decentralism

by David S. D’Amato on May 18, 2015

The thought of Thomas Aquinas, which was strongly influenced by Aristotle, offers a potential justification for political decentralization.

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Dora Marsden, Free Woman

by David S. D’Amato on May 8, 2015

A radical individualist, Dora Marsden edited the political journals The Freewoman, The New Freewoman, and The Egoist.

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An Introduction to Jury Nullification

by David S. D’Amato on May 4, 2015

Jury nullification is the practice of a jury refusing to convict a defendant of violating a law the jurors view as unjust.

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Free Love: Victoria Woodhull

by David S. D’Amato on Mar 23, 2015

Victoria Woodhull was a political radical in the free love movement and the first woman to run for president.

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Free Love: Moses Harman

by David S. D’Amato on Feb 26, 2015

Moses Harman, publisher of Lucifer, the Light Bearer, was an important figure in the ninteenth century free love, anarchist, and feminist movements.

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Free Love: Angela and Ezra Heywood

by David S. D’Amato on Feb 13, 2015

Sex radicals Angela and Ezra Haywood published the periodical The Word, often battling censors in their effort to get government out of the bedroom.