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, and therefore weak—a colored woman —and 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?
Widespread tendency to defer to authority plays important role in the expansion of state power.
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.”
Drawing on the work of Michael Freeden, Edwin van de Haar argues that supporters of liberty only really require three labels.
Sandefur explores how the idea of self-ownership has been expressed in American popular culture and intellectual discourse.
Download Leonard Liggio’s dissertation on Charles Dunoyer.
Implementing policies like those proposed by Thomas Piketty would undermine the government’s legitimacy, which depends on the limits to its powers.
Donohue explains how modern libertarianism traces back to the Antifederalists, the group opposed to the adoption of the U.S. Constitution.