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. […]
Billy Christmas (who was part of the same MANCEPT 2014 workshop as me (“The Current State of Libertarian Political Philosophy”) in September, and who also participated in the Molinari Society’s symposium on libertarianism and privilege with me this past December) writes to tell me that he is convening a workshop on “Lockean Libertarianism” […]
Mike Munger maintains that libertarians should stop being reflexively opposed to government; should recognise that in some instances, it is possible that the State is useful for advancing liberty; and should give empirical claims about consequences … a central place in the debate. But he warns that this will require libertarians to actually … […]
Defenders of individual liberty need the family, perhaps more than they know. Individualists need to acknowledge the importance of the family for the sake of theoretical completeness and for the sake of public acceptance. But the family isn’t an area in which individualists must make tactical compromises. Acknowledgment of the family actually supports individualist resistance […]
I’ve been re-reading Murray Rothbard’s For a New Liberty in preparation for a seminar I’m teaching this semester on contemporary libertarian philosophical thought. It’s probably been at least ten years since I last read it, long before I ever started thinking about libertarianism in bleeding heart terms. So a lot of […]
Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels famously wrote “A Communist Manifesto” in anticipation of an imminent earthquake in world politics. Of course, in 1848, that seemed plausible. A number of people have written some version of a “Libertarian Manifesto,” often with an analogous forecast of the eschaton for the state. (Two of the best are