A little over three years ago, I published an essay entitled, “Six Reasons Libertarians Should Reject the Non-Aggression Principle.” That essay kicked off a spirited debate, with notable responses from George Smith, David Gordon, and Julian Sanchez, among others.
Since then, I haven’t written much about the issue for the blogosphere. […]
Over at Café Hayek, Don Boudreaux has a nice post on a universal basic income. He says that he does “not believe that as a practical matter a UBI would make society freer or more prosperous.” However, he also writes, “I oppose any universal basic income . . . principally because I oppose the confiscation […]
As discussed before on BHL, David Sobel offers a powerful objection to self-ownership. If we may not infringe on a person’s self-ownership rights, then a huge number of seemingly innocuous activities become impermissible. When I pull my car out of the driveway, I emit a small amount of pollution—a few particles of which will […]
Matt Zwolinski recently argued that opposition to the welfare state is not an essential feature of classical liberalism or libertarianism. He did so by making a libertarian case for state aid to the poor, or state welfare. He also cited posts by Jacob Levy and Jason Brennan as buttressing his view that libertarianism need […]
Opposition to the welfare state is often considered to be a defining feature of libertarianism. But over the last few years, a few of us libertarians have been seeking to challenge that claim. Jason Brennan, for instance, has argued that regulation is a much greater threat to human freedom than redistribution, and thus that there is a […]
In this post, I want to briefly state what I take to be the most defensible libertarian approach to religious contributions to public life. I’ve been writing on why libertarians have had so little to say on the matter, and I think it is largely due to libertarian hostility to democracy, since religion and politics […]