Much has been written about Jonathan Haidt’s work on the psychology of political identity and the ways in which libertarians differ from liberals and conservatives. He found, among other things, that self-described libertarians have a more cerebral as opposed to emotional intellectual style. He also found that libertarians score high on “systematizing” and low […]
Four short and one more substantial response to comments on my last post.
1. I don’t know of any existing government that shouldn’t be downsized and I doubt there will be one in my lifetime. I think, though, that the downsizing has to be done morally. There are clearly immoral ways to do it. As […]
Libertarians regularly argue about the relationship between their political commitments and their “moral views.” The disagreement seems to proceed by answers to two questions.
1. Do libertarian political commitments imply moral commitments?
2. If yes, which moral commitments?
Those who answer “No” to the first question are sometimes called “thin” libertarians, […]
I have claimed in a number of my recent posts that libertarians have failed to recognize the potential for authoritarianism in their refusal to submit their property claims to the test of public justification. Ordinary, unreconstructed libertarians must be prepared to use coercion to impose property rights claims on those […]