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Willful Partisan Blindness: The Immigration Example

by David S. D’Amato on Jul 17, 2019

We must overcome our political-cultural group affinities if we wish to see things as they are: the problem isn’t ultimately who controls the state, but the state itself.

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Are Libertarians Selfish?

by David S. D’Amato on Jun 21, 2019

Libertarianism is, fundamentally, an other-regarding philosophy that emphasizes our obligations to refrain from dominating others and from imposing our vision of the good life on them.

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Sidney Parker, Egoist: Against All Systems

by David S. D’Amato on May 7, 2019

Sidney Parker’s thoroughgoing Stirnerite individualism set him outside and against all political and moral ideologies.

Everything Wrong with the Presidents

Everything Wrong with the Truman Administration

by David S. D’Amato on Mar 20, 2019

Was Harry Truman one of the worst terrorists of all time? If words mean anything anymore—then absolutely, yes.

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A Libertarian Model of the Social Safety Net

by David S. D’Amato on Feb 23, 2019

The paternalistic welfare state has failed to create a reliable social safety net. Decentralized, voluntary institutions can do the job better.

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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.