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.
An introduction to virtue, the life well-lived, and the state’s role in the good life.
Arguments against libertarianism often take the form of false dilemmas. Powell looks at why they’re so common and what libertarians can do about it.
We should never forget that the state is an institution for compelling people to act against their will.
Powell argues against paternalism, demonstrating that it is little more than a way to impose your values on others.
Libertarian philosophy is a “big tent” and we can learn much from philosophers we may disagree with.
It is important to argue clearly, not loudly.
Powell looks at the “entitlement theory” of justice and the closing words of Anarchy, State and Utopia on how the minimal state can inspire us.
A summary of the arguments of Robert Nozick’s Anarchy, State and Utopia.
You can think of negative liberty as being about the absence of external limits, and positive liberty as the absence of internal limits.
Libertarianism is part of the liberal tradition, and we should be proud of that.
Do libertarians possess psychological traits that make them particularly good at solving policy problems?
Powell disputes the notion that libertarians always view the government as bad, arguing that it is coercion, no matter the source, that is harmful.
Powell encourages skepticism about politicians and their claims.