The democratic process can’t transform immoral acts into moral ones. Therefore, participating in elections entails signing your name to countless misdeeds.
Aaron Ross Powell
Aaron Ross Powell is Director and Editor of Libertarianism.org, a project of the Cato Institute. Libertarianism.org presents introductory material as well as new scholarship related to libertarian philosophy, theory, and history. He is also co-host of Libertarianism.org’s popular podcast, Free Thoughts. His writing has appeared in Liberty and The Cato Journal. He earned a JD from the University of Denver.
Politics doesn’t just make the world around us worse. It makes us worse, as well.
We treat people’s political beliefs as indicative of their character or competence, but that’s often a mistake.
Markets are overwhelmingly good, but the results of market processes aren’t always good for everyone, in every instance. Pretending otherwise isn’t persuasive.
A tale of political violence and double-standards.
Good tech principles will become good governance principles, whether governments want them to or not.
You can think of negative liberty as being about the absence of external limits, and positive liberty as the absence of internal limits.
Libertarianism comes in many varieties. Here, Powell sets out his own off-the-beaten-path version, with intellectual roots among the Ancient Greeks.
It’s not worth getting your hands dirty to do something so ineffective.
Miles Pope discusses his perspective and philosphical interests.
Removing yourself from the election process eliminates the largest incentive for politicians to care what you and those like you believe.
D’Amato explores the idea of libertarian socialism by analyzing the history of individualist anarchism and “voluntary socialism.”
Some feminists call for unlibertarian laws. Brown argues the best response is not to abandon feminism, but to build a libertarian alternative.
There’s a long history of libertarian thought on the ethics and efficacy of voting.
Does an individualist psychology yield misanthropy, alienation, and manipulative behavior? Quite the opposite.
Early anarchist thinkers blurred the line between socialist and capitalist.