1) Libertarianism (like the liberalism of which it is a subset) is, as such, best understood as a political doctrine, not a comprehensive account of the good life and a desirable social order. Indeed, libertarianism is perhaps even more necessarily a political doctrine than is the kind of liberalism defended by John Rawls in Political […]
I intend these comments as a friendly amendment to Matt’s thoughtful post.
What implications, if any, does adherence to a political libertarian principle have for other moral issues?
The libertarian principle (LP) is a view about the morality of state coercion. LP defines the set of legal prohibitions that are morally acceptable. For libertarians, […]
A few months back, there arose a bit of a kerfuffle in the libertarian blogosphere over David Gordon’s review of Nick Gillespie and Matt Welch’s Declaration of Independents. For those who haven’t read it, that book is something of a freewheeling celebration of the spirit of liberty and independence in […]
Nothing like a little doggerel to fill the space between Christmas and New Year’s. Thanks to Lynne Kiesling for the inspiration and Sarah Skwire for her poet’s expert eye.
Author’s disclaimer: I do not exempt myself from what follows.
The Rhyme of the Libertarian Binaries
Come gather at the fire we burn
As a libertarian, I generally oppose the state interference that is licensing. In most cases of professional (or occupational) licensing programs, I see no benefit that warrants state interference. I am not claiming that there are no such programs (programs to license airplane pilots may be such).
1. By “licensing program” I […]
As some of you might know, I’ve been stirring up quite a bit of trouble on Facebook the last few days discussing the Ron Paul newsletters story. Matt suggested I write up some of what I’ve been saying for the audience here at BHL, which I’m happy to do. First let me note that the […]