You can think of negative liberty as being about the absence of external limits, and positive liberty as the absence of internal limits.
Trevor Burrus is a research fellow at the Cato Institute’s Center for Constitutional Studies. His research interests include constitutional law, civil and criminal law, legal and political philosophy, and legal history. His work has appeared in the Vermont Law Review, the Syracuse Law Review, and the Jurist, as well as the Washington Times, Huffington Post, and the Daily Caller. He holds a BA in Philosophy from the University of Colorado at Boulder and a JD from the University of Denver Sturm College of Law.
Anti-gun and anti-immigrant sentiments are driven by disgust and tribal signaling, not evidence and sound argumentation.
Saying people have a right to health care is based on a conceptual confusion.
The USSR tried to plan its economy without prices for capital goods. It failed, vindicating the scholarship of Ludwig von Mises.
If you think certain policies will lead to a bad outcome, it doesn’t mean supporters of those policies intend that bad outcome.
It’s not worth getting your hands dirty to do something so ineffective.
How Star Wars explains our troubling presidential race.
When our first reaction is to bring in government, we stop asking the hard questions.
Economic liberty is neither separable from, nor inferior to, other freedoms.
Trevor Burrus offers some advice to those who want to argue against libertarianism.
Conservatives use the precautionary principle to justify domestic spying just as the left uses it to justify environmentalism. Neither is convincing.
Burrus furthers the libertarian argument against the widely-held belief that we “all belong to government.”
Burrus continues his discussion of whether libertarians should argue their cause on the basis of merit.
Burrus draws an important distinction between merit and output and cautions libertarians from relying on merit-based arguments.
How should libertarians interact with politics?
Burrus derides the self-aggrandizing, simplified arguements rampant in the media, arguing for greater introspection.