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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?

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Pathologies of Power

by Neera K. Badhwar on Jun 23, 2015

Widespread tendency to defer to authority plays important role in the expansion of state power.

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What Can Adam Smith Teach Us About Tax Policy?

by Scott Drenkard on May 28, 2015

Smith constructed four maxims of taxation for public funding. We use them to evaluate our current tax system, which “notably deviate[s] from these principles.”

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The Meaning of “Liberalism”

by Edwin van de Haar on Apr 22, 2015

Drawing on the work of Michael Freeden, Edwin van de Haar argues that supporters of liberty only really require three labels.

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You Don’t Own Me

by Timothy Sandefur on Mar 19, 2015

Sandefur explores how the idea of self-ownership has been expressed in American popular culture and intellectual discourse.

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Liggio on Dunoyer

by Leonard P. Liggio on Oct 17, 2014

Download Leonard Liggio’s dissertation on Charles Dunoyer.