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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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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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On Libertarian Socialism

by David S. D’Amato on Nov 27, 2018

D’Amato explores the idea of libertarian socialism by analyzing the history of individualist anarchism and “voluntary socialism.”

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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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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.