Cohen’s moral defense of socialism seriously underestimates the information problems plaguing an economy without prices.
Grant Babcock is Associate Editor of Libertarianism.org and a scholar of political philosophy. He is especially interested in nonviolent action, epistemology of the social sciences, social contract theories and criticisms thereof, and finding libertarian-compatible responses to cultural problems.
This inventive and ambitious—though occasionally flawed—book demonstrates that developing the moral defense of markets is a worthwhile endeavor.
What’s a libertarian? This essay explores some attempts at delineating the borders of libertarianism, especially attempts using beliefs about morality and the law.
How much should we trust our moral intuitions? Is the task of ethics to describe those intuitions, or to change them?
It’s often thought that Hayek disproved the possibility of a rationalist ethics. Babcock argues he didn’t.
Babcock offers advice on how to best apply Hayekian ideas to debates about social reform.
Hayek’s insights are important for building a sucessful rationalist ethics.
Babcock examines a concrete case of the conflict between Hayek and rationalism: feminism.
Babcock examines how Hayekian insights can guide feminist reform efforts.
Libertarians should support open borders, with possible exceptions for the exclusion of convicted criminals and people carrying disease.
Economic liberty is neither separable from, nor inferior to, other freedoms.
A short profile of the ideas of Gene Sharp, the foremost scholar of nonviolent resistance.
A brief history of modern libertarian engagement with the study and practice of nonviolent action.
The libertarian alliance with conservatism is called “fusionism.” It needs to end.
Ludwig von Mises showed that when the government solves a problem, that means the problem is solved bureaucratically.
Babcock analyzes Murray Rothbard’s 1963 essay “The Negro Revolution.”
For libertarians, property rights are deeply linked with our rights to bodily integrity, but for leftists, property rights aren’t seen as particularly important.
A compilation of links to all the content associated with Fascism Month 2016.