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An Objectivist Case for Libertarianism

by Neera K. Badhwar on Aug 30, 2017

Despite her disavowal of the label “libertarian,” Ayn Rand’s ethics provide a justification for libertarian political institutions.

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Libertarians and ‘Unicorn Governance’

by Anthony Comegna, Steven Horwitz, and Caleb O. Brown on Jan 25, 2017

An economist and historian discuss the strengths and weaknesses libertarians tend to exhibit when communicating with new audiences and dealing with new ideas.

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An Ethical Intuitionist Case for Libertarianism

by Michael Huemer on Jan 3, 2017

The justification of libertarian political institutions follows logically from relatively uncontroversial moral intuitions held by a broad range of reasonable people.

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A Virtue Ethical Case for Libertarianism

by Mark LeBar on Jan 3, 2017

Libertarian political institutions are most conducive to virtuous living, and virtuous people will be inclined to uphold libertarian principles.

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A Rawlsian Case for Libertarianism

by Kevin Vallier on Jan 3, 2017

The ethical system of John Rawls, properly understood, justifies libertarian political institutions.

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A Contractarian Case for Libertarianism

by Jan Narveson on Jan 3, 2017

Reasonable people will accept libertarian political institutions because they let us live together in peace while pursuing our different values and lifestyles.

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A Kantian Case for Libertarianism

by Jason Kuznicki on Jan 3, 2017

The ethical system of Immanuel Kant, properly understood, justifies libertarian political institutions.

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Libertarians, Class, and the Left

by Anthony Comegna and Caleb O. Brown on Nov 25, 2016

“The worst thing about Trump is likely to be how moderate he turns out to be.  And that American statism, imperialism, will continue to march right along.”

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A Cobden Digest on Free Trade

by Richard Cobden on Nov 5, 2015

In these selections from his speeches and writings, Richard Cobden discusses the benefits of free trade, arguing against tariffs and militarism.

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Against Paternalism

by Neera K. Badhwar on Oct 19, 2015

Showing respect for others means taking their rights and their autonomy seriously, not simply being concerned for their welfare.

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Don’t Smash the State

by Steven Horwitz on Sep 17, 2015

The goal is freedom, but how do we get there safely?