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Are Libertarians Pacifists?

Thursday, July 24th, 2014 by posted in Philosophy.
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For most libertarians, the central tenet governing all politically philosophy is the Non-Aggression Principle (NAP). The NAP states that we must never use force against another person, except in the prevention of force itself. By consistently applying the NAP, as

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The Birth of America’s “Religion of Violence”

Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014 by posted in Civil Liberties, Foreign Policy, Philosophy.
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Reprinted from LewRockwell.com Laurence Vance has coined the word “warvangelical” to describe so-called evangelical Christians who are obsessed with supporting all of the state’s wars and all of the death, destruction, and mayhem that they entail.  They ignore the ancient

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The Decline of Influence

Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014 by posted in Foreign Policy, History, Philosophy.
Mideast Iraq Violence

The world is seemingly aflame in chaos right now. The Israeli military has invaded the Gaza strip after the breaking of an 18-month cease-fire agreement. Which side broke the accord is still an open question. A commercial airliner was shot

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Secession: A Fundamental and Universal Right

Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014 by posted in Philosophy, Politics.
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Reprinted from Liberty.me What is the world’s smallest country? Monaco? Nope. Malta? Too big. Even Vatican City with a mere population of 770 is huge in comparison. It’s called Sealand, founded and ruled by Paddy Roy Bates, a remarkable man

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The Danger of Analogy

Monday, July 21st, 2014 by posted in Philosophy.
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In the employment of analogy, one must always exercise extreme caution. A bad analogy is apt to lead the reader away from the salient point, and down any number of blind alleys leading to false conclusions. A prime example of

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Progressives Against Progress

Thursday, July 17th, 2014 by posted in Philosophy, Politics.
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What’s in a name? Etymologically speaking, quite a lot, but over time, many words lose the meanings they originally had. Nowhere is this more true than in the realm of politics. Liberal used to mean someone who fought for freedom,

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Release of Jay Stuart Snelson’s Human Action Principles

Monday, July 14th, 2014 by posted in Economics, Education, Philosophy.
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In October 2006, I attended a Liberty Magazine conference in Las Vegas. One of the speakers was Jack Pugsley. I had never heard of him before. Jack talked about the need to focus on solutions, not on problems. He talked

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The Bias Towards Action

Friday, July 11th, 2014 by posted in Philosophy, Politics.
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Human beings are a pro-active species. They like to get things done. All human progress is built around the idea of not being content with your circumstance, but acting to improve them. We are the masters of our destinies, or

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Non-Initiation of Aggression Is Necessary, But Not Sufficient, For Being a Nice Guy (or Gal)

Friday, July 11th, 2014 by posted in Economics, Law, Philosophy.
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This is a minor point, but believe it or not, I have to make it: Libertarian ethical theory (as developed, for example, by Murray Rothbard in Ethics of Liberty) does NOT say: “As long as you don’t initiate aggression, you

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On Civil Disobedience

Thursday, July 10th, 2014 by posted in Law, Philosophy.
thoreau

I am continually mystified by those otherwise sensible people who nevertheless insist that the law must be followed because it is the law. “If you wish to change the law,” they solemnly and self-righteously intone, “you must do through the

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The Rebirth of Austrian Economics

Wednesday, July 9th, 2014 by posted in Economics, History, Philosophy.
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Reprinted from Liberty.me Forty years ago, during the week of June 15-22, 1974, the Austrian School of Economics was reborn during a conference in the small New England town of South Royalton, Vermont. Why was this important? Because the economists

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The Ethics of Entrepreneurship and Profit

Tuesday, July 8th, 2014 by posted in Capitalism, Law, Philosophy.
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Reprinted from LewRockwell.com In the most fundamental sense we are all, with each of our actions, always and invariably profit-seeking entrepreneurs. Whenever we act, we employ some physical means (things valued as goods) – at a minimum our body and

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Is It a Contradiction?

Saturday, July 5th, 2014 by posted in Capitalism, Philosophy, Politics.
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Is anarcho-capitalism a contradiction? Neoreactionary writer “Bulbasaur” seems to believe so. In a recent post at the “The Right Stuff” blog, he contends that anarchy and capitalism are always at odds with one another. He issues some deserved criticism at

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Peacefully Staring Down the State

Friday, July 4th, 2014 by posted in Civil Liberties, Philosophy, Politics.
tankman teaser

Reprinted from LewRockwell.com How do you think the American public, even as supine as it is, would respond if the Federal government were to attempt to re-assign everybody’s children to other parents; to force everybody to burn their Bibles and

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Felipe VI, Vivat Rex

Wednesday, July 2nd, 2014 by posted in Philosophy, Politics, Regulation.
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On 20 June 2014, a man little known outside the Spanish-speaking world became a little better known as Felipe Juan Pablo Alfonso de Todos los Santos de Borbón y de Grecia succeeded his father to become King Felipe VI of

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Fuzzy Justice: How a Lack of Clarity Undermines the Prison System

Monday, June 30th, 2014 by posted in Law, Philosophy.
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A lot of the modern justice system is taken for granted. Built on centuries of common law, we no longer question the fundamental assumptions of crime and punishment. At least, most of us don’t. In light of a large number

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Limited Government Is a Vain Hope

Monday, June 30th, 2014 by posted in Economics, Philosophy.
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Reprinted from Mises.org Against the State: An Anarcho-Capitalist Manifesto. By Llewellyn H. Rockwell, Jr. Rockwell Communications. 190 pages. Lew Rockwell has set himself a difficult task. He has written Against the State, not for the already convinced libertarian, eager to discuss

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Why Imagining Freedom is Essential

Friday, June 27th, 2014 by posted in Capitalism, Economics, Philosophy.
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Reprinted from Liberty.me “What are you complaining about all the time?” people sometimes ask me. “I’m just about as free as I want to be.” Here’s the problem. How can we really know what we want if we’ve never had

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Inequality, Free Markets, and Crashes

Thursday, June 26th, 2014 by and posted in Economics, Philosophy, Politics.
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Reprinted from National Review Mark Spitznagel and Nassim Taleb started the first equity tail-hedging firm in 1999. Since then these two friends and colleagues have helped popularize so-called “black swan” investing, with Spitznagel as the founder and CIO of hedge

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A New Natural Law

Monday, June 23rd, 2014 by posted in History, Law, Philosophy.
naturallaw

I’m often given the opportunity to speak to young interns about liberty and economics. These discussions cover a whole range of topics including anti-trust laws, private police, anti-discrimination legislation, and national defense. On some occasions, I give them Bryan Caplan’s

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