Jul 27, 1985

Mapping the Ethical Minefield

David Boaz is the executive vice president of the Cato Institute, and has played a key role in both the Institute’s development and the growth of the American libertarian movement at large.

David D. Friedman is an economist, professor, political philosopher, and the author of many books including The Machinery of Freedom: Guide to a Radical Capitalism, wherein he lays the groundwork for a society based exclusively on voluntary transactions.

Scott Olmsted is a longtime Libertarian Party member, serving on the central committee of the Libertarian Party’s Radical Caucus. Olmsted also served as the Secretary for the Students for a Libertarian Society. At the time of this recording Olmsted was completing his Ph.D in Engineering and Economic Systems at Stanford.

The panel is moderated by John Northrup.

Boaz, Friedman, and Olmsted debate a variety of ethical issues at the 1983 Libertarian Party Presidential Nominating Convention in New York. Issues raised include conflicts between pragmatic and ethical political strategies, what the Libertarian Party’s policies would be if it successfully elected a candidate to the presidency, whether or not the Libertarian Party should take federal matching funds, and whether libertarian politicians should take salaries.