The promises of politicians are like the promises of fad diets: too good to be true.
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.
The democratic process can’t transform immoral acts into moral ones. Therefore, participating in elections entails signing your name to countless misdeeds.
Politics doesn’t just make the world around us worse. It makes us worse, as well.
We treat people’s political beliefs as indicative of their character or competence, but that’s often a mistake.
Markets are overwhelmingly good, but the results of market processes aren’t always good for everyone, in every instance. Pretending otherwise isn’t persuasive.
A tale of political violence and double-standards.
Good tech principles will become good governance principles, whether governments want them to or not.
You can think of negative liberty as being about the absence of external limits, and positive liberty as the absence of internal limits.
Libertarianism comes in many varieties. Here, Powell sets out his own off-the-beaten-path version, with intellectual roots among the Ancient Greeks.
The eight books on this list offer a thorough but accessible introduction to libertarianism.
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 guide to books on the history of liberty and libertarianism.
Libertarians get told we complain about government but never offer solutions. That’s not true—especially because limiting government often is the solution.
Libertarian philosophy is a “big tent” and we can learn much from philosophers we may disagree with.
Engaged buddhists too often lean progressive because they don’t understand the fundamental nature of the state that they rely on.
Paternalism, even the art of nudging people in the right direction, does not allow human beings to make their own individual decisions.
How far should we go to fight societal injustice?
Increasing the sphere of politics leads to bad policy and increased vice.