Libertarianism comes in many varieties. Here, Powell sets out his own off-the-beaten-path version, with intellectual roots among the Ancient Greeks.
A tale of political violence and double-standards.
Good tech principles will become good governance principles, whether governments want them to or not.
It’s not worth getting your hands dirty to do something so ineffective.
Markets are overwhelmingly good, but the results of market processes aren’t always good for everyone, in every instance. Pretending otherwise isn’t persuasive.
We treat people’s political beliefs as indicative of their character or competence, but that’s often a mistake.
Politics doesn’t just make the world around us worse. It makes us worse, as well.
The democratic process can’t transform immoral acts into moral ones. Therefore, participating in elections entails signing your name to countless misdeeds.
Libertarians get told we complain about government but never offer solutions. That’s not true—especially because limiting government often is the solution.
The promises of politicians are like the promises of fad diets: too good to be true.
Politics is what you get when you add violence to discourse.
Politics encourages us to dehumanize our opponents and, as a result, we dehumanize ourselves.
Powell critiques an attack on libertarianism that charges libertarians with wanting to destroy society in order to live in a world without cooperation.
Cogently attacking libertarianism means, at the very least, wrestling with what libertarians actually believe.
Big government makes it easy to forget what government’s for—and that allows state agents to get away with truly awful acts.
Libertarians reject an expansive state. But this doesn’t mean they reject social bonds or the benefits of working with others to achieve common goals.
Government’s very nature attracts the vicious, corrupts the virtuous, and encourages foolish decisions—so we should limit its power as much as possible.
An introduction to thinking about the state within a framework of virtue ethics.