Philosopher Robert Nozick’s Anarchy, State, and Utopia, published in 1974, cemented libertarianism’s place among the political philosophies taken seriously in academia. In it, Nozick defended the “minimal state”—what latter came to be called minarchism—and showed how it could become a “framework for utopias.”
But Nozick’s interests weren’t limited to political theory. He turned his remarkable mind to nearly every branch of philosophy in such wide-ranging works as Philosophical Explanations, The Examined Life, and Invariances: The Structure of the Objective World.
Smith explains how Locke dealt with some problems in the traditional Christian theory of private property.
An introductory overview of the basic philosophies of libertarianism.
Boaz pays tribute to Roy Childs.
Smith begins his critical examination of Brennan’s recent book by discussing the label “libertarianism” and its relationship to classical liberalism.
Eric Mack reviews Robert Nozick’s highly influential Anarchy, State, and Utopia.
The fundamentals of the theory of liberty.
The market process makes entrepreneurs. Entrepreneurs don’t only come from the elite.
Mueller introduces a series of posts about Adam Smith, giving a broad overview of his thought and situating him relative to other thinkers.
A libertarian focus on equality mostly focuses on the notion of equal rights and justice systems must operate in a way that maintains these rights.
“Running a bookstore for a market as tiny as libertarianism has always been a shaky proposition. Muller and Presley started Laissez-Faire with $1500.”
D’Amato argues that Adam Smith’s role as a critic of incumbent mercantilist interests has been wrongly obscured by those who see him as aligned with the right.
Steiner’s book, writes Palmer, is a modern classic that corrects an intellectual wrong turn in people’s thinking about rights.