The left-leaning intellectual’s animosity to capitalism is due to the difference in value judgments between formal schools and capitalist society.
Philosopher Robert Nozick’s Anarchy, State, and Utopia, published in 1974, cemented libertarianism’s place among the political philosophies taken seriously in academia. In it, Nozick defended the “minimal state”—what latter came to be called minarchism—and showed how it could become a “framework for utopias.”
But Nozick’s interests weren’t limited to political theory. He turned his remarkable mind to nearly every branch of philosophy in such wide-ranging works as Philosophical Explanations, The Examined Life, and Invariances: The Structure of the Objective World.
In his final interview before his death in 2002, Robert Nozick covers a range of topics, including his purported repudiation of libertarianism.
“I was unhappy over it—I mean I was pulled into libertarianism reluctantly.”
Smith discusses the major criticism of natural rights and the consent theory of government – that these doctrines will land us in anarchy.
A guide to the books and essays containing the most powerful arguments against libertarianism.
A selection of books to take readers beyond the basics of libertarianism and into the philosophy and economics that provide its foundations.
“There are many aspects of society (most of the interesting aspects) that can be understood and explained only through the use of invisible hand explanations.”
Smith begins his critical examination of Brennan’s recent book by discussing the label “libertarianism” and its relationship to classical liberalism.
Eric Mack reviews Robert Nozick’s highly influential Anarchy, State, and Utopia.
The fundamentals of the theory of liberty.
“Running a bookstore for a market as tiny as libertarianism has always been a shaky proposition. Muller and Presley started Laissez-Faire with $1500.”
Steiner’s book, writes Palmer, is a modern classic that corrects an intellectual wrong turn in people’s thinking about rights.
Ralph Raico, one of the best living libertarian historians, on Rothbard’s birthday.
“A number of areas have emerged from our survey in which further work may produce results which can command a consensus among libertarian philosophers.”
Libertarian political institutions would respect people’s natural rights.
The ethical system of Immanuel Kant, properly understood, justifies libertarian political institutions.
Boaz refutes the notion that it was libertarian laissez-faire policies that created the problems that have arisen in our society.
George H. Smith concludes the series with a look at Roy Childs’s evolving views on anarchism.