There are workable alternatives to the welfare state operating in America today.
Sharon Presley, Ph.D. is the Executive Director of the Association of Libertarian Feminists and co-editor of Exquisite Rebel: The Essays of Voltairine de Cleyre. She is editor of Libertarianism and Feminism: Individualist Perspectives on Women, Men, and the Family, an anthology in progress. As a social psychologist, her specialties are gender studies and obedience and resistance to authority. A long-time libertarian activist, she is the co-founder of Laissez Faire Books. Her articles have appeared in Reason, Liberty, and other libertarian magazines.
Presley argues that libertarians will be more persuasive if they actively support private alternatives to government poverty programs.
“That such a brilliant, unusual woman would be a feminist is no surprise.”
Presley begins a series of posts describing a “psychology of freedom” and explaining its relevance to libertarianism more broadly.
Presley argues one cannot explain the dearth of libertarian women without reference to the sexism and hostility libertarian women encounter.
A brief history of the libertarian roots of feminism, and an introduction to a rotating column discussing libertarian feminism.
There are many different branches of feminism. Libertarian feminism is distinguished most importantly by its suspicion of the state.
Some libertarians have scoffed at the idea that a “rape culture” exists in America. Presley argues that according to the best social science, they’re mistaken.
Persuaded by Reason: Joan Kennedy Taylor and the Rebirth of American Individualism by Jeff Riggenbach
A review of Jeff Riggenbach’s biography of Joan Kennedy Taylor, an important figure in the modern rebirth of the liberty movement.
Does an individualist psychology yield misanthropy, alienation, and manipulative behavior? Quite the opposite.
Evolutionary psychology is not a “psychology of freedom.”
Drawing on her memories of the Free Speech Movement at Berkeley, Presley calls for a renewed commitment to free speech on college campuses.
Paterson’s prose is a joy to read, and her insights into human freedom have enduring relevance, writes Presley.
Presley gives a rundown of some of the many black women, both famous and lesser-known, who worked toward the abolition of slavery.
Having previously discussed abolitionist black women, Presley highlights some of the white women in the movement to end slavery.
McElroy’s book ignores important sources that would undermine her views.
Abolitionist Lydia Maria Child was an author, editor, journalist, and scholar.
Presley explains how authoritarian relationships on the person-to-person level affect a free society.