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Benjamin Tucker, Libertarian

by David S. D’Amato on Mar 19, 2018

Often claimed by modern socialist anarchists, Benjamin Tucker fits better in the libertarian tradition.

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Benjamin Tucker and the Individualist Anarchists

featuring David S. D’Amato, Aaron Ross Powell, and Trevor Burrus on Jan 27, 2014

David D’Amato joins us to talk about the voluntaryist socialist political philosophy. Is the idea of voluntary socialism as odd as it sounds?

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Editorial: Benjamin Tucker and Liberty

by Leonard P. Liggio on Sep 1, 1981

“Tucker and his tradition…offer us the legacy of a suggestive analysis of how true community is compatible with rugged individualism.”

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The Sin of Herbert Spencer

by Benjamin Tucker on May 17, 1884

Benjamin Tucker praises Herbert Spencer but argues his criticism of state socialism is incomplete.

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After Nestor: Too Busy to Write a Book

by Benjamin Tucker in 1897

Lysander Spooner’s most direct heir introduces his “plumb-line” primer on individualist, libertarian anarchism.

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After Nestor: Two Kinds of Socialism

by Benjamin Tucker in 1897

Tucker details the long list of differences between the two types of socialism, the one authoritarian and the other libertarian.

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After Nestor: A Puppet for a God

by Benjamin Tucker in 1897

In these four short pieces, Tucker takes on readers and radicals alike, contending that abolition of the state is one of humanity’s pressing concerns.

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After Nestor: Mr. Blodgett’s Questions

by Benjamin Tucker in 1897

Tucker engages a reader with Q&A on all things anarchist, meeting a long series of challenges to society without the state.

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After Nestor: Tucker vs. The Non-Resistors

by Benjamin Tucker in 1897

Tucker responds to a pacifist-anarchist with the claim that individual moral agents are best suited to decide when force is appropriate.

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After Nestor: Liquor & Tariffs

by Benjamin Tucker in 1897

Tucker squares off with a reader and fellow editor who suggests some monopolies are necessary for liberty to thrive.

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After Nestor: A Smattering of Subjects

by Benjamin Tucker on Nov 1, 1897

In a troubling set of quotations, Tucker derides age of consent laws, displays plenty of misogyny, and shows more concern for butter than child welfare.