Cogently attacking libertarianism means, at the very least, wrestling with what libertarians actually believe.
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.
Politics encourages us to dehumanize our opponents and, as a result, we dehumanize ourselves.
Politics is what you get when you add violence to discourse.
The virtue of humility is found in recognizing our limits—and that humility ought to make us libertarians.
The promises of politicians are like the promises of fad diets: too good to be true.
Libertarians get told we complain about government but never offer solutions. That’s not true—especially because limiting government often is the solution.
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.
Increasing the sphere of politics leads to bad policy and increased vice.
Libertarians often get called “anti-community.” Aaron & Trevor explain why that thinking leads to many bad arguments against libertarianism.
Aaron and Trevor take listener questions from: Who will build roads and keep corporations honest? To: What’s the libertarian position on abortion?
Aaron and Trevor note that when we use the political process we have to group together into warring “tribes” to accomplish our goals. That’s problematic.