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Syllabus on Philosophy of Law

by Matt Zwolinski on Jul 27, 2016

The readings mentioned in this syllabus, from a 2016 course, may be of interest to libertarians interested in philosophy of law.


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Evolution and Spontaneous Order

by F. A. Hayek on Oct 30, 2015

Hayek lectures on the differences and similarities between the concept of evolution in biology and the concept of evolution in the social sciences.

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Excerpts from Persuaded by Reason

by Jeff Riggenbach and Joan Kennedy Taylor on Jul 8, 2015

Excerpts from Chapter 7 of Jeff Riggenbach’s Persuaded by Reason, titled “Libertarianism – Yet More Individualism In Politics.”

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The Essential Hayek

by Donald J. Boudreaux on Jun 18, 2015

Essential Hayek is a project of the Fraser Institute that aims to explain F. A. Hayek’s ideas in common, every-day language.

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Happy Birthday, F. A. Hayek

by David Boaz on May 8, 2015

David Boaz writes about the life and thought of F. A. Hayek on the 116th anniversary of his birth. “He’s like Marx, only right.”

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New Coke and the Iraq War

by David Boaz on Feb 26, 2015

When mistakes happen in the market, they can be quickly corrected. We have to live with government errors for decades.

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A case for the libertarian

by Jeffrey A. Miron on Jul 17, 2014

In this short newspaper opinion piece, Miron argues that the consistency of libertarianism sets it apart from other ways of thinking about politics.

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The Limits of the Non-Aggression Principle

by Sanford Ikeda on Sep 19, 2013

Determining what constitutes aggression can be complicated and libertarians should be wary to rely solely on the Non-Aggression Principle.

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The Market: This Time It’s Personal

by Sanford Ikeda on Sep 19, 2013

Markets are impersonal, but the social networks that develop inside markets are personal. Freedom within these networks is a crucial aspect of a free market.

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The Clenched Fist and the General Welfare

by Gary M. Galles on Sep 19, 2013

Government's only advantage over its citizenry is in the use of force to limit destructive behavior. Beyond this end, this fist of government limits social productivity.

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If You Like Wikipedia, You Should Love Markets

by Gary M. Galles on Sep 23, 2013

Wikipedia is collaborative, diverse and peaceful. In the internet age, it encapsulates the concepts of spontaneous order and free markets.

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Life Without a Microwave

by David R. Henderson on Sep 23, 2013

The progress of the past century, from the microwave to the smart phone to penicillin, originates from economic freedom.

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Markets Not Capitalism

by Matt Zwolinski on Sep 23, 2013

Markets not Capitalism, a collection of essays outlining left-libertarianism, reveals how our current system falls short of the free market ideal.

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The Enduring Lesson of “I, Pencil”

by Nicole Ciandella on Oct 1, 2013

"I, Pencil" describes the complicated process of creating a simple pencil. This essay honors the impact of "I, Pencil" in demonstrating spontaneous order in markets.