Are libertarians begging the question when they talk about what counts as aggression? Not so, argues D’Amato.
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?
Government restrictions on who can enter an occupation don’t protect consumers, but rather licensees’ bottom lines.
We can best understand modern America by looking at the ways fascism and socialism are kin.
Property, properly understood, does not restrict liberty. Well-defined boundaries help us differentiate between aggressive and defensive violence.
The partisans of “reasonable” technocracy often hide their desire to dominate others behind a disdain for “ideology” and “politics.”
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.
An emphasis on decentralization unites radicals on left and right in American politics, while moderates support central power.
Henry Meulen was an individualist anarchist and an early proponent of free banking.
Though fundamentally incompatible, both Classical Elite Theory and libertarianism recognize that oligarchs are corrupt.
The thought of Thomas Aquinas, which was strongly influenced by Aristotle, offers a potential justification for political decentralization.
A radical individualist, Dora Marsden edited the political journals The Freewoman, The New Freewoman, and The Egoist.
Jury nullification is the practice of a jury refusing to convict a defendant of violating a law the jurors view as unjust.
Samuel Edward Konkin III created a theory of resistance to the state, agorism, that eschewed politics for peaceful but illegal market activity.
D’Amato examines the arguments presented by a range of advocates for decentralism in government and the private sector.
Victoria Woodhull was a political radical in the free love movement and the first woman to run for president.
Moses Harman, publisher of Lucifer, the Light Bearer, was an important figure in the ninteenth century free love, anarchist, and feminist movements.
Sex radicals Angela and Ezra Haywood published the periodical The Word, often battling censors in their effort to get government out of the bedroom.