Libertarians are often very hostile to environmental regulation. Why? Reflecting on the argument below should help us understand their grounds and whether the grounds are any good.
1. Pollution and other kinds of environmental externalities impose costs upon others. A polluter forces others to bear the costs of his activities. Pollution tends to violate people’s […]
Even if we grant for the sake of argument that some people deserve to die, it does not follow that the state may be authorized to kill them. For a state to have the right to kill criminals, it must make decisions about guilt and hear appeals in a fair, competent, and reliable manner. It […]
Suppose there was a political ideology that promised to liberate the working masses from the evils of alienation and exploitation, and deliver them instead unto a social order characterized by superabundant material wealth and both social and political equality. But every single time some society tries to put this ideology into practice, the result is almost precisely […]
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Wolf Blitzer: Youre a physician, Ron Paul, so youre a doctor. You know something about this subject. Let me ask you this hypothetical question.
A healthy 30-year-old young man has a good job, makes a good living, but decides: You know what? Im not going to spend $200 or $300 a month for health […]
There’s a common argument that libertarians make against the idea of social or distributive justice. The argument, made by both Robert Nozick and Friedrich Hayek, purports to show not merely that the idea of distributive justice advocated by left-liberals like John Rawls is immoral, but that it is conceptually confused. Asking whether the distribution of […]