Powell argues against paternalism, demonstrating that it is little more than a way to impose your values on others.
Aaron Ross Powell
Aaron Ross Powell is Director and Editor of Libertarianism.org, a project of the Cato Institute. Libertarianism.org presents introductory material as well as new scholarship related to libertarian philosophy, theory, and history. He is also co-host of Libertarianism.org’s popular podcast, Free Thoughts. His writing has appeared in Liberty and The Cato Journal. He earned a JD from the University of Denver.
Libertarian philosophy is a “big tent” and we can learn much from philosophers we may disagree with.
It is important to argue clearly, not loudly.
Powell looks at the “entitlement theory” of justice and the closing words of Anarchy, State and Utopia on how the minimal state can inspire us.
A summary of the arguments of Robert Nozick’s Anarchy, State and Utopia.
You can think of negative liberty as being about the absence of external limits, and positive liberty as the absence of internal limits.
Libertarianism is part of the liberal tradition, and we should be proud of that.
Powell encourages skepticism about politicians and their claims.
Powell examines the thinking of many on the left who believe “the only thing we all belong to” is government.
Powell knocks down the common critique (here from David Brooks) that libertarians are “hyper-individualists.”
An introductory overview of the basic philosophies of libertarianism.