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The Revolt against Rationalism

Friday, December 19th, 2014 by posted in Economics, Epistemology, Philosophy.
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This article is excerpted from The Clash of Group Interests, “The Clash of Group Interests,” part 4 (1945; 2011). Reprinted from Mises.org The most remarkable fact in the history of our age is the revolt against rationalism, economics, and utilitarian

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A Bit More about Equality and Liberty

Monday, December 15th, 2014 by posted in Philosophy, Politics, Regulation.
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Logan Albright suggests that equality is “a very, very broad term, with myriad meanings and interpretations.” But it isn’t really very broad in meaning, although its applications are indeed very wide – just as the term ‘red’ refers to the same

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Is Secession a Right?

Friday, December 12th, 2014 by posted in Philosophy, Politics, Regulation.
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Reprinted from Mises.org Grant defeated Lee, the Confederacy crumbled, and the idea of secession disappeared forever, or at least that’s what the conventional wisdom says. Secession is no historical irrelevance. Quite the contrary, the topic is integral to classical liberalism.

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How Far are you Willing to Go?

Wednesday, December 10th, 2014 by posted in Civil Liberties, Law, Philosophy.
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When I was in college (at the progressive stronghold Oberlin College in Ohio), the most profound influence I received was the tutelage of philosophy professor Tim Hall, a libertarian whose area of expertise was ethics. In his Philosophy and Values

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Kingdom Come: The Politics of the Millenium

Tuesday, December 9th, 2014 by posted in History, Philosophy, Politics.
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[First published in Liberty Magazine, 1990] Reprinted from Mises.org Christianity has played a central role in Western civilization and contributed an important influence on the development of classical-liberal thought. Not surprisingly, Christian beliefs about the “end times” are very important

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The Skillful Professor Rothbard

Thursday, December 4th, 2014 by posted in Economics, Philosophy.
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[This introduction to two essays by Murray N. Rothbard — “The Mantle of Science” and “Praxeology as the Method of the Social Sciences ” — was published in a 1979 edition published by the Cato Institute.] All in all, I

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Egalitarianism without Equality is Tyranny

Thursday, November 27th, 2014 by posted in Education, Philosophy.
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Egalitarianism is the favorite religion of the left.The idea of equality has always been cherished, from the French revolutionary cry of egalite, liberte, fraternite, to the modern obsession with income inequality being the source of all the world’s evils. It

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Property Rights as Social Justice Part II

Wednesday, November 26th, 2014 by posted in Philosophy.
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Read Part I here. Accompanying the somehow lawful state and nearly lawless state is the state of war. Such phenomena do not appear accidental. It does not seem overly difficult to recognize that, when properties are not legally protected, it

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Criminal Justice as a Domestic and Local Phenomenon

Wednesday, November 26th, 2014 by posted in Law, Philosophy.
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How ought we to treat criminals? How ought justice be dispensed? These are important questions, and trying to answer them raises many difficulties, not the least of which is that no two criminals are exactly alike in deed, in motive,

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There is No Right to be Forgotten

Friday, November 21st, 2014 by posted in Civil Liberties, Philosophy.
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The freedom of information offered by the internet has had drastic implications for liberty. To the benefit of individuals, it reduces information asymmetries with business and increases transparency in government. It allows us to make more informed decisions, where ignorance

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A Response: Defending Anarcho-Capitalism

Monday, November 17th, 2014 by posted in Capitalism, Economics, Philosophy, Politics.
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In a 1901 letter to novelist John Galsworthy, Polish author Joseph Conrad described “skepticism” as “the tonic of minds, the tonic of life, the agent of truth – the way of art and salvation.” Men hardly write letters anymore. Post

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The Philosophy of the Pseudoprogressives

Tuesday, November 11th, 2014 by posted in Economics, Epistemology, History, Philosophy.
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[This article originally appeared in Plain Talk, February 1950. It is included in Planning for Freedom.] 1. The Two Lines of Marxian Thought and Policies In all countries which have not openly adopted a policy of outright and all-around socialization

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The Dangers of Settled Science

Friday, October 31st, 2014 by posted in Philosophy, Politics.
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Evolution is one of the most cherished doctrines of the worshippers of science. Whenever we hear the angry shouts of settled science, it is either in reference to climate change or evolution. Anyone who dares question these theories is treated

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Einstein, Socialism and the Relativity of Intelligence

Friday, October 24th, 2014 by posted in Economics, Philosophy.
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(original version in Italian: http://www.movimentolibertario.com/2014/10/einstein-il-socialismo-e-la-relativita-dellintelligenza/ – translation by author) The fact that socialism, in every single one of its expressions (“right”, “left”, “no-global”, incoherently pro-market, etc.), is linked to an objective and specific deficiency of intellectual ability, is well known

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The End of Suffering

Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014 by posted in Philosophy.
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The alleviation of human suffering is a noble and admirable goal. Indeed, the vast majority of all of men’s efforts throughout the centuries have been directed towards reducing suffering, from medicine and technology, to philosophy and religion. Anything we can

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On Being Long-Lived

Wednesday, October 15th, 2014 by posted in Philosophy.
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Ezekiel Emanuel, premier progressive thinker and one of the chief architects behind the Orwellian-named Affordable Care Act, wants to die at age 75. Fair enough, that’s his prerogative. But there’s something chilling about the cold and calculating nature of his

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A Nation of Children

Tuesday, October 14th, 2014 by posted in Civil Liberties, Law, Philosophy.
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Reprinted from Casey Research Imagine, as Christopher Buckley (son of William F.) did in his clever book, Boomsday, a plan to make the government solvent by offering incentives for people to kill themselves at age 70 and younger. Instead of

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Libertarianism, Socialism, and Subjectivism

Friday, October 10th, 2014 by posted in Philosophy.
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Consistency. This is undoubtedly the one word that any libertarian, when given the chance to describe their philosophy, would pick. Interestingly enough, when there is a remarkable amount of diversity amongst the rationalization of the libertarian position. The intellectual grounding

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A Strategy for the Right Part 1

Tuesday, September 30th, 2014 by posted in Philosophy, Politics.
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Reprinted from Mises.org What I call the Old Right is suddenly back! The terms “old” and “new” inevitably get confusing, with a new “new” every few years, so let’s call it the “Original” Right, the right wing as it existed

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The Ethics of Disease Control

Monday, September 29th, 2014 by posted in Civil Liberties, Philosophy.
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As the threat of the ebola virus looms large and the Center for Disease Control issues what are undoubtedly hyperbolic projections of over a million casualties to the disease by January, we owe it to ourselves as libertarians to ask

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