A few weeks ago, ThinkProgress published an exposé of the allegedly ugly roots of Rand Paul’s “libertarianism.” The title of the piece tells you all you need to know: “Rand Paul’s favorite philosophers Think Poor People Are ‘Parasites.’”
In addition to the usual unsympathetic and uninformed attack on Ayn Rand, the piece produces some […]
“It is a tolerably well-ascertained fact that men are still selfish. And that beings answering to this epithet will employ the power placed in their hands for their own advantage is self-evident.”
That’s Herbert Spencer, writing in Social Statics about the nature of political power. He goes on to give a long list of examples […]
Beginning December 10th, in conjunction with the awesome Students for Liberty (old people like it too!), I’m going to be leading an online reading group on Herbert Spencer’s Social Statics. It’s going to be a small group – only about […]
First, I would like to thank all those commentators who responded to what I wrote in “Natural Rights and Natural Stuff.” Second, I would like to clarify or restate a few of the basic points that I sought to make in that contribution.
To begin with, I did not […]
What kind of external property rights are consistent with self-ownership?
It seems to me that once one acknowledges self-ownership, one cannot acknowledge any other rights unless those rights are themselves grounded in self-ownership.
How so? Well, the difference between rights and other moral claims is that rights are legitimately enforceable. So any limits that […]