What is postmodernism, really? And how does it relate to libertarian thought?
Thomas Szasz is a psychiatrist and author well known for his criticism of the modern psychiatry movement. He has consistently sought to apply classical liberal principles (such as bodily and mental self ownership) to social science and also explored the consequences of mandatory institutionalization of persons the state deemed to be insane. In his book, The Myth of Mental Illness (1960), Szasz claims that psychiatry ultimately robs people of the responsibility of being moral agents by obscuring the difference between socially unacceptable behavior and disease.
Presley begins a series of posts describing a “psychology of freedom” and explaining its relevance to libertarianism more broadly.
George H. Smith tackles several misconceptions about the theory of anarchism—and contrasts it with the condition of anarchy.
Boaz pays tribute to Roy Childs.
Libertarians are skeptical of some approaches to psychiatry especially when it involves government or when patients are coerced into accepting treatment.
One of the best-known writers of the 20th cent., Michel Foucault criticized overreaching authority structures as well as state and social coercion.
Thomas Szasz was an influential writer who opposed involuntary or coercive hospitalization for those deemed “mentally ill,” a label he challenged.
Personal freedom and personal responsibility go hand-in-hand. An over-reliance on the government due to the welfare state corrodes both.
Tom G. Palmer provides a comprehensive overview of the vast literature on libertarianism, free market economics, and the philosophy of liberty.
Szasz presents seven reasons why health care is becoming more and more expensive.
Boaz outlines his libertarian view of rights and morality.
The great John Hospers surveys the most productive century in the history of ethics as a field of study.
Melville reflected literary Young America’s hopes that a culture of republicanism and democracy could serve all individuals.
“Art is revolution, and art can best serve revolution by remaining true to itself.”
A complex view into a complex thinker.