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Moral Relativism as a Foundation for Natural Rights

Philosophy and Methodology

07/30/2014The Journal of Libertarian Studies
The theory of natural rights is often put forward as competition of moral relativism, most recently in an article in this journal by Loren Lomasky. I want to suggest, on the contrary, that the two positions are compatible and, indeed, that moral relativism provides the only plausible foundation for...
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A Spectre is Haunting America: An Interpretation of Progressivism

Calculation and KnowledgeOther Schools of Thought

07/30/2014The Journal of Libertarian Studies
The Progressive Era and the eighteen-nineties immediately preceding it have probably been the foci of more superior scholarship than any other periods in American history. Yet, as the volume of research has increased, the divisions in interpreting the data are sharper now than ever before. Volume 3...
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Robert Nozick and the Immaculate Conception of the State

Big GovernmentMonopoly and Competition

07/30/2014The Journal of Libertarian Studies
Robert Nozick's Anarchy, State, and Utopia (New York: Basic Books, 1974) is an "invisible hand" variant of a Lockean contractarian attempt to justify the State, or at least a minimal State confined to the functions of protection. Beginning with a free-market anarchist state of nature, Nozick...
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Private Police: A Note

Big GovernmentThe Police StateTaxes and Spending

07/30/2014The Journal of Libertarian Studies
There are those to whom the question of whether to privatize the nation’s police forces is mere academic whimsy—a question of consequence only to the eggheads and cranks of the Academy, not to those who so solidly inhabit the “real world.” Most of these believe the enforcement of law to be the...
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Ludwig Von Mises and Natural Law: A Comment on Professor Gonce

Other Schools of ThoughtPhilosophy and Methodology

07/30/2014The Journal of Libertarian Studies
In an article on Ludwig von Mises,' Professor R. A. Gonce has performed a remarkable feat: for he has ascribed to a writer who has had nothing but scorn for natural law, a system of economics grounded on such an ethical philosophy -and as a corollary, he has attributed a fusion of the is and the...
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Rawls and Children

InterventionismPolitical Theory

07/30/2014The Journal of Libertarian Studies
The status of children in the societal scheme proposed by John Rawls is determined by what would be the decision of persons in the original position. To see how Rawl's concept of justice pertains to children, we will look at three things: (1) Who the decision-makers are in the original position; (2...
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The Sanctuary Society and its Enemies

War and Foreign PolicyWorld HistoryInterventionism

07/30/2014The Journal of Libertarian Studies
Two fundamental principles of Western law had their origins in Mosaic Israel. The first principle was the rule of law and the second principle was open immigration.
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The Nearly Invisible Invisible Hand

Calculation and KnowledgeMonetary TheoryOther Schools of Thought

07/30/2014The Journal of Libertarian Studies
Adam Smith's "invisible hand" sometimes works in such marvelously subtle ways that it remains nearly invisible even to economists. A case in point involves government efforts to control prices. Volume 5, Number 3 (1981)
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Do We Ever Really Get Out of Anarchy?

Other Schools of ThoughtPolitical Theory

07/30/2014The Journal of Libertarian Studies
A major point of dispute among libertarian theorists and thinkers today as always revolves around the age-old question of whether man can live in total anarchy or whether the minimal state is absolutely necessary for the maximization of freedom. Lost in this dispute is the question of whether man...
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G. Stanley Hall: A Priestly Prophet of a New Dispensation

BiographiesMedia and Culture

07/30/2014The Journal of Libertarian Studies
G. Stanley Hall had been to the mountaintop, he had seen the promised land, he had as it were "achieved another new birth superimposed on that of adolescence."' He had achieved a new vision, and thus a new birth, the birth of a "superman." Hall believed that like Jesus and Buddha before him he was...
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