There’s a long history of libertarian thought on the ethics and efficacy of voting.
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.
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.
Early anarchist thinkers blurred the line between socialist and capitalist.
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.
Does an individualist psychology yield misanthropy, alienation, and manipulative behavior? Quite the opposite.
Some feminists call for unlibertarian laws. Brown argues the best response is not to abandon feminism, but to build a libertarian alternative.
Removing yourself from the election process eliminates the largest incentive for politicians to care what you and those like you believe.
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.
D’Amato explores the history of individualist anarchism and “voluntary socialism.”
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.