State and Society, Part 2

by George H. Smith on Dec 10, 2013

Smith explains the meaning of “society” and “institution,” and he discusses the distinction between designed and undesigned institutions.


The Libertarian Case for a Basic Income

by Matt Zwolinski on Dec 5, 2013

Guaranteeing a minimum income to the poor is better than our current system of welfare, Zwolinski argues. And it can be justified by libertarian principles.


The Brennan Thought Experiment: Further Explorations

by Ross Levatter on Dec 4, 2013

Ross Levatter argues that a thought experiment Jason Brennan uses to test our intuitions about the morality of markets has too many problems to genuinely be helpful.


State and Society, Part 1

by George H. Smith on Dec 3, 2013

Smith discusses some preliminary issues involved in the classic libertarian distinction between the spheres of “state” and “society.”


The Radical Abolitionists

by David S. D’Amato on Dec 2, 2013

The radical libertarian abolitionists thought it was senseless to attack slavery while defending the institutions that upheld it.


“First, Do No Harm”

by Aaron Ross Powell on Nov 8, 2013

Libertarians get told we complain about government but never offer solutions. That’s not true—especially because limiting government often is the solution.


What are the Human Sciences?

by George H. Smith on Nov 5, 2013

Defending freedom requires an interdisciplinary approach, so in this column George H. Smith turns to the “human sciences”—and also to a definition of science itself.


On Libertarian Socialism

by David S. D’Amato on Oct 23, 2013

D’Amato explores the history of individualist anarchism and “voluntary socialism.”


What Politics Is

by Aaron Ross Powell on Oct 3, 2013

Politics is what you get when you add violence to discourse.


The Inhumanity of Politics

by Aaron Ross Powell on Sep 26, 2013

Politics encourages us to dehumanize our opponents and, as a result, we dehumanize ourselves.


Karl Polanyi’s Great Error

by Alex Nowrasteh on Sep 23, 2013

Arguments about the role of markets in history need to move past Karl Polanyi.