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Frogs' Legs, Shared Ends and the Rationality of Politics

Philosophy and MethodologyPolitical Theory

07/30/2014The Journal of Libertarian Studies
Politics asks “What is to be done?” and proposes a profusion of answers. Philosophy, when set to contend with politics, asks “when can one sensibly say that something, or for that matter anything, is to be done?” That answers to this question are neither wholly formal, logical and semantic, nor...
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Guns for Protection, and Other Private Sector Responses to the Government's Failure to Control Crime

Free MarketsPrivate Property

07/30/2014The Journal of Libertarian Studies
Several years ago, in an episode of "All in the Family ," Archie Bunker proposed a possible solution to the airline highjacking problem. He suggested that the government should arm all the passengers. Potential highjackers, fearing for their lives when confronted by a hundred or so armed...
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The "Criminal" Metaphor In the Libertarian Tradition

Big GovernmentFree MarketsTaxes and SpendingU.S. History

07/30/2014The Journal of Libertarian Studies
The doctrine of natural liberty is ultimately grounded on two premises which are necessary to the understanding of why governments are "criminal." By the self-ownership axiom, every individual has an absolute right to his or her own mind and body and the labor thereof; i.e., each person has the...
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The Lying Truths of Psychiatry

HealthMedia and Culture

07/30/2014The Journal of Libertarian Studies
Of all the lying truths popular today, one of the most important is surely the mendacity inherent in the term "mental illness." In addition to asserting a falsehood concealed as a truth, this term also generates and justifies a host of related mendacious propositions and deceitful practices. Volume...
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Hayek's Road to Serfdom

History of the Austrian School of EconomicsPhilosophy and Methodology

07/30/2014The Journal of Libertarian Studies
The work of Hayek, in contrast with the Marxist-Socialist-Interventionist-Galbraithian paradigm that held sway in the mid-20th century, appears as a beacon for free enterprise amidst a sea of totalitarianism. When considered in comparison to the writings against which he contended, Hayek’s was a...
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Stork Markets: An Analysis of "Baby-Selling"

Free MarketsProduction Theory

07/30/2014The Journal of Libertarian Studies
This essay presents a conceptual and moral rather than an economic analysis of "baby-selling." Its purpose is to address certain fundamental issues concerning the moral status of children, the moral basis of the family, the moral propriety of commerce, and the ways in which these moral...
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Hayek and Political Order: The Rule of Law

Legal System

07/30/2014The Journal of Libertarian Studies
We might assume from the title of Hayek's earliest comprehensive treatment of the subject that the "rule of law" would appear as the summation of his political philosophy, as his legal ideal. Indeed, Hayek's formulation of the principles of the "rule of law" serves as a synthesis of his notions...
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Adam Smith and Neo-Plagiarism: A Reply

Monetary TheoryPhilosophy and Methodology

07/30/2014The Journal of Libertarian Studies
In describing Adam Smith's acknowledgments as "neo-plagiarism" (Rashid, 1990), was trying to characterize a situation where a scholar either borrows ideas from others but provides no acknowledgment, or had access to fruitful and important ideas yet seems to have ignored them. Volume 10, Number 2 (...
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Philosophy of Immigration

War and Foreign PolicyPhilosophy and Methodology

07/30/2014The Journal of Libertarian Studies
In recent years, with the increasing respectability of "applied philosophy" in the academic world, more and more philosophers have been writing extended treatments of specific public issues and offering recommendations as to how, morally speaking, these issues should be resolved. This essay shall...
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Laissez-Faire Radical: A Quest for the Historical Mises

History of the Austrian School of EconomicsPhilosophy and MethodologyPraxeology

07/30/2014The Journal of Libertarian Studies
That Ludwig von Mises was the outstanding champion of laizes-faire and the free-market economy in this century is well know and needs no documentation. But in the course of refining and codifying his political views, Mises' followers have unwitting distorted them and made them seed at one with the...
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