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Forthcoming Anthology on Dialectical Libertarianism

Check out Chris Matthew Sciabarra’s announcement for his forthcoming anthology Dialectics of Liberty: Exploring the Context of Human Freedom (edited by Sciabarra, Roger Bissell, and Edward Younkins) here, and the abstracts of chapters here. Contributors include Jason Lee Byas, Robert Campbell, Troy Camplin, Kevin Carson, Gary Chartier, Billy Christmas, Douglas Den Uyl, Nathan Goodman, Robert Higgs, Steven Horwitz, Stephan Kinsella, Deirdre McCloskey, David Prychitko, Douglas...

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It’s Celebrity Criticism All the Way Down

As all right-thinking people recognize, it should be illegal to harshly criticize a celebrity. Now some libertarian theorists try to say, “Well, there’s no rights violation involved, so shouldn’t it be legal to harshly criticize a celebrity?” But that’s not a good argument. I’ll demonstrate with a humorous thought experiment to show the inner contradictions of such a view. Suppose it were legal to harshly criticize a celebrity, even though most people agree that...

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The Case for Legalizing Blackmail

Seriously I am just a rebel. Where else do you get hard-hitting stuff like this? An excerpt: The interesting aspect of this system is that it would provide an informal means of “fining” people for violating social taboos. Although this might strike some (such as Scott Sumner, whom we’ll discuss in the next section) as a horrifying means of puritanical social control, we could alternatively view it as a useful mechanism of minimizing socially undesirable behavior...

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Anarchy in Manhattan

The Molinari Society will be holding its mostly-annual Eastern Symposium in conjunction with the Eastern Division of the American Philosophical Association in New York City, 7-10 January 2019. Here’s the schedule info: Molinari Society symposium: New Work in Libertarian and Anarchist Thought G5C. Tuesday, 8 January 2019, 9:00 a.m.-12:00 noon, Sheraton New York Times Square Hotel, 811 7th Ave. (at W. 53rd St.), New York NY, room TBA chair:      Roderick T. Long (Auburn University)...

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Anarchy in Manhattan

The Molinari Society will be holding its mostly-annual Eastern Symposium in conjunction with the Eastern Division of the American Philosophical Association in New York City, 7-10 January 2019. Here’s the schedule info: Molinari Society symposium: New Work in Libertarian and Anarchist Thought G5C. Tuesday, 8 January 2019, 9:00 a.m.-12:00 noon, Sheraton New York Times Square Hotel, 811 7th Ave. (at W. 53rd St.), New York NY, room TBA chair:      Roderick T. Long (Auburn University)...

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Libertarianism: Eric Mack’s New Book

Many readers of this blog will know Eric Mack’s work. He is the leading libertarian political philosopher. And he has just put together a nice new book explaining libertarian political philosophy and its various varieties. There’s a lot of new innovative stuff there, even for libertarian political philosophers who know the field. Do buy it. It’s under $20. Here’s what some important people say about the book. My Amazon review is below theirs. “This book is,...

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“Sanction”: The Triumph of Ayn Rand’s Worst Idea

Ayn Rand is widely hated.  Indeed, if you made a list of thinkers that people “love to hate,” she’d be near the top of the list.  Liberals hate her.  Conservatives hate her.  Socialists hate her.  Indeed, plenty of libertarians hate her.  It’s hardly surprising, then, that she has not been broadly influential.  While she has millions of fans, they’re only a tiny share of any country’s population.  Even when her fans gain positions of power, they’re hopelessly...

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Looking for Daylight: Minarchist Strategy’s Missteps

Reason magazine editors Nick Gillespie and Catherine Mangu-Ward have recently debated the question of minarchism (i.e., minimal government) vs. free-market anarchism. As an anarchist, I’m obviously on Mangu-Ward’s side of the debate. But both writers make some assumptions about strategy that I find problematic. I’ll start with Gillespie, who expresses impatience with “boring, tedious, and fundamentally irrelevant discussions about hypotheticals, first principles, and extreme a...

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Do Public Libraries Vindicate Socialism?

Democratic Socialist Congressional candidate Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez recently published a tweet that’s closing in on 200,000 likes: “If you think the GOP is terrified of my politics now, just wait until they find out about public libraries.” At the risk of confirming the caricature of libertarians, I want to make the case against public libraries. To start, suppose that your boss wants to reward the office with a bonus. She can give all of her employees a $500 espresso...

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