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Open Borders and Self-Determination

One of the main philosophical arguments against free immigration that Bas van der Vossen and Jason Brennan seek to rebut in their excellent In Defense of Openness is an argument offered by Christopher Wellman. (pp.48-52) Here I want to offer a simple and friendly substitute for their complex rebuttal of Wellman.  My substitute moves much more quickly to the core of the matter and avoids the surprisingly statist tone and terminology of the authors’ rebuttal. As the authors...

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Is Crony Capitalism Inevitable?

Here’s a conversation you may have had once or twice: Socialist: A socialist society would be more fair, and more just than capitalism.Capitalist: Really? What about Venezuela? Or Cuba? Or North Korea?Socialist: No, no, those aren’t real socialist societies. The kind of socialism I have in mind hasn’t really been tried yet. But believe me. It’s gonna be awesome.Capitalist: (rolls eyes) In conversations like this, “socialism” seems to function as a kind of ideal type, the...

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An Introduction to the Work of the Ostroms

When I took my current gig as libertarianism.org‘s economics editor, one of the first pieces I wanted to commission was one explaining the contributions of the Ostroms and why they matter for modern libertarianism. So many of us academic types talk about them, but I wondered whether outside of our circles, the reasons were understood by non-academic libertarians. Jayme Lemke has written a beautiful piece that does exactly what I wanted, introducing the Ostroms to that audience...

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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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