The link between American gun culture and white supremacy undermines conservative arguments for gun rights—but not classical liberal arguments.
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.
The justification of libertarian political institutions follows logically from relatively uncontroversial moral intuitions held by a broad range of reasonable people.
“In recalling [classical liberalism] from what had sometimes seemed an irrecoverable oblivion, Hayek’s work is a hopeful augury for an uncertain future.”
The principles of liberty are not culturally bound.
Literature of Liberty readers, writers, and reviewers engage in a roundtable discussion of spontaneous order.
Natural rights are an essential part of the liberal tradition.
“Moral fortitude is exactly what it takes to deal with diversity, pluralism, heterogeneity—all the synonyms for cultural decadence.”
In this excerpt from Libertarianism: A Primer, Boaz tells the history of the movement for liberty, from Chinese philosopher Lao Tzu through the 20th century.
Philospher Henry Babcock Veatch explores the long history and vibrant future of Natural Law.
Reasonable people will accept libertarian political institutions because they let us live together in peace while pursuing our different values and lifestyles.
Libertarian political institutions would maximize utility.
The great John Hospers surveys the most productive century in the history of ethics as a field of study.
How happy are Americans? Wilkinson examines and critiques the field of happiness research.
“Much of the modern state, and any claim to benevolent world order, we can better do without.”