Despite her disavowal of the label “libertarian,” Ayn Rand’s ethics provide a justification for libertarian political institutions.
An economist and historian discuss the strengths and weaknesses libertarians tend to exhibit when communicating with new audiences and dealing with new ideas.
The principles of liberty are not culturally bound.
The justification of libertarian political institutions follows logically from relatively uncontroversial moral intuitions held by a broad range of reasonable people.
Libertarian political institutions are most conducive to virtuous living, and virtuous people will be inclined to uphold libertarian principles.
The ethical system of John Rawls, properly understood, justifies libertarian political institutions.
Reasonable people will accept libertarian political institutions because they let us live together in peace while pursuing our different values and lifestyles.
The ethical system of Immanuel Kant, properly understood, justifies libertarian political institutions.
Libertarian political institutions would respect people’s natural rights.
Libertarian political institutions would maximize utility.
“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.”
Liberalization in the economic sphere has made China politically freer.
“The whole affair was a web of iniquity, but the subject of this wrong was a woman, & a weak, colored woman, & therefore contemptible.”
In these selections from his speeches and writings, Richard Cobden discusses the benefits of free trade, arguing against tariffs and militarism.
Problems with a “Fair Rate of Return”
Showing respect for others means taking their rights and their autonomy seriously, not simply being concerned for their welfare.
The goal is freedom, but how do we get there safely?