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Anarchism and Minarchism in Libertarian History

by David S. D’Amato on Jul 1, 2015

The dividing line between the champions of the night-watchman state and those of the stateless society is not as hard and fast as might have been supposed.

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Why Decentralism? Beyond Left and Right

by David S. D’Amato on Jun 29, 2015

An emphasis on decentralization unites radicals on left and right in American politics, while moderates support central power.

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The Dearth of the Unimproved World

by Jason Kuznicki on Jun 25, 2015

Civilization—mankind’s escape from the crushing poverty of the state of nature—depends on economic freedom and the institutions that support it.

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The Capabilities Approach and Libertarianism

by Paul Crider on Jun 19, 2015

We want to describe a society not only where nobody’s rights are violated, but where everyone – even the least of those among us – is living well.

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Human, Transhuman, Transgender

by Jason Kuznicki on Jun 10, 2015

Humans have always used technology to change nature, both the external environment and our own bodies.

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Classical Elite Theory and Libertarianism

by David S. D’Amato on Jun 3, 2015

Classical elites and libertarians both agree that oligarchic rulers are corrupt. However, the two groups also have a fundamental disagreement.

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Magnanimous in Victory, Gracious in Defeat

by Helen Dale on Jun 2, 2015

Violence isn’t a proper response to losing an election, and using the law to coerce one’s political enemies isn’t a proper response to winning one.

 

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Kant on Justified Taxation

by Chris W. Surprenant on May 27, 2015

Immanuel Kant said taxation was justified when it increased human autonomy by providing for people’s basic survival needs or for the protection of property rights.

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Thomism and Decentralism

by David S. D’Amato on May 18, 2015

The thought of Thomas Aquinas, which was strongly influenced by Aristotle, offers a potential justification for political decentralization.

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Adam Smith’s Criticism of Government: Hubris

by Paul Mueller on May 19, 2015

Adam Smith argued that hubristic “men of system” shouldn’t be trusted to arrange society. Decentralized government or private action is to be preferred.

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Dora Marsden, Free Woman

by David S. D’Amato on May 8, 2015

A radical individualist, Dora Marsden edited the political journals The Freewoman, The New Freewoman, and The Egoist.