I’ve read that the archaic Greeks had a narrow view of courage. They thought courage was a virtue that could only be expressed by a man in war. We’ve made moral progress since then. We now understand that courage is about an appropriate willingness to confront risk and danger. Courage can be exercised anywhere (not […]
Michael Lind’s recent article accusing libertarianism of being inherently pro-autocracy conflates two different issues. He notes that libertarians have often been skeptical of majoritarian democracy; he also notes that libertarians have sometimes said nice things about certain autocracies. Both of these claims are true, but they are much less closely related than Lind supposes.
The most recent issue of The Atlantic has a fascinating article by Adam Winkler on “The Secret History of Guns.” It’s worth reading in its entirety, but I was especially impressed by Winkler’s account of the role played by the Black Panthers in opposing gun control in the late 1960s. The article begins […]
Gillespie, Nick, and Welch, Matt. The Declaration of Independents: How Libertarian Politics Can Fix What’s Wrong with America. New York: PublicAffairs 2011. Pp. xvi, 266. Index. 978-1-58648-938-0.
The Declaration of Independents is a breezy, entertaining manifesto. Defending “libertarian politics,” Reason’s Nick Gillespie and Matt Welch make clear that they’re for decision-making that’s bottom-up […]
A number of commentators to my previous post (to my surprise) agree with Rothbard’s view that the American Civil War was unjust. They support this claim with a variety of arguments. Some claim that, as a matter of historical fact, Lincoln didn’t care about slavery but only about keeping the Union together, […]
Libertarians are opposed to war. They see war as a terrifying and self-serving exercise of state power. As Murray Rothbard put it in 1994: war is “an instrument for the aggrandizement of State power over the health, the lives, and the prosperity, of their subject citizens and social institutions.” Rothbard was not a pacifist, […]