Tag Archives: libertarianism

How an Airborne Ranger became a voluntaryist

Source: Everything Voluntary
by Elijah Henry

"How does Voluntaryism differ from run-of-the-mill libertarianism? In brief, a voluntaryist is more ideologically consistent, taking the principles of libertarianism further than most libertarians do. Libertarians often aren’t even minarchists. Some advocate a universal basic income, just because it would make for a simpler bureaucracy, even though it would certainly expand the role of government in the lives of many people. I believe we shouldn’t have government at all. However, since it exists, I believe there are responsible actions to be taken in regards to government, beyond non-participation in electoral politics." (08/15/17)


The growing world of libertarian transhumanism

Zoltan Istvan

Source: The American Conservative
by Zoltan Istvan

"So why are so many people jumping on the transhumanist bandwagon? I think it has to do with the mishmash of tech inundating and dominating our daily lives. Everything from our smartphone addictions to flying at 30,000 feet in jet airplanes to Roombas freaking out our pets in our homes. Nothing is like it was for our forbearers. In fact, little is like it was even a generation ago. And the near future will be many times more dramatic: driverless cars, robotic hearts, virtual reality sex, and telepathy via mind-reading headsets. Each of these technologies is already here, and in some cases being marketed to billions of people. The world is shifting under our feet — and libertarian transhumanism is a sure way to navigate the chaos to make sure we arrive at the best future possible." (08/08/17)


The anarchist straitjacket

Marco den Ouden

Source: The Jolly Libertarian
by Marco den Ouden

"Unfortunately, within the libertarian movement, there are some, notably within the anarchist wing, whose animosity towards the state is such that they condemn those who differ somewhat from them — minarchists, classical liberals, etc. as statists. They are not merely using the term as a descriptor but as a term of opprobrium. Statists are the devil and anyone but true blue, died in the wool anarcho-capitalists are also the devil. This is a narrow rather than an open embracing of libertarianism." [editor's note: There's a pretty bright, essential line separating anarchism from statism (and yes, that includes minarchism). It's a conflict about essentials, not a "differing somewhat" issue – TLK] (07/17/17)


Progressive/Libertarian: The alliance that isn't

Source: EconLog
by Bryan Caplan

"My one big disagreement with Ed Glaeser's great piece on housing deregulation is when he says: 'Reforming local land use controls is one of those rare areas in which the libertarian and the progressive agree. The current system restricts the freedom of the property owner, and also makes life harder for poorer Americans. The politics of zoning reform may be hard, but our land use regulations are badly in need of rethinking.' Actually, there are four other big areas where the two ideologies converge. … These four issues are so massive, you'd expect a staunch progressive/libertarian alliance would have been forged long ago. But of course it hasn't. Why not?" (06/22/17)


The Pope's cartoon libertarians

Source: Libertarianism.org
by David S D'Amato

"With all due respect to His Holiness, Pope Francis, the Vicar of Christ is profoundly ignorant of even the most basic features of libertarian thought, as conceived by the people who actually urge its adoption in public policy. In this, of course, he has plenty of company. And this is nothing new for the Pope, who has been warning the faithful of the dangers posed by greedy, malevolent freedom-lovers for years. But in disseminating his views, the Pope has only regurgitated, apparently without much thought, various superficial and long-exploded caricatures of libertarianism. He attacks a bizarre version of libertarian thought that few, if any, actual libertarians espouse—one in which thoughtless and self-centered borderline sociopaths seek to live shallow, atomized lives of material consumption and accumulation." (05/10/17)


The poverty of natural rights libertarianism

Source: Libertarianism.org
by Brink Lindsey

"Among libertarians today, advocacy of minimal or nonexistent government in the name of defending natural rights is considered the 'pure' libertarian position. Any deviation from that line, any qualifications or exceptions, represents a watered-down or compromised version of our political faith. Libertarian intellectual rigor is thought to consist of following natural rights premises to their logical conclusions regardless of how at odds with conventional wisdom those conclusions may be. The more rigorous the libertarian, the more willing he is (and yeah, it’s usually a he) to bite the bullets of hard cases — say, whether there should be laws against blackmail, or against cruelty to animals. In this essay, I want to explain why I believe that libertarian natural rights radicalism is an intellectual dead end." (05/04/17)


How nationalism and socialism arose from the French Revolution

Source: Foundation for Economic Education
by Dan Sanchez

"Liberalism unlocked humanity’s creative potential, yielding the first ever rise of widespread abundance through industrial mass production. Nationalism and socialism unleashed humanity’s capacity for destruction, unleashing the first ever rise of industrial-scale mass murder. The twin banes of nationalism and socialism followed the boon of liberalism remarkably quickly. To understand why, we must consider a fourth big idea that historically links the other three: the idea of the people’s state." (04/12/17)


Why does the Libertarian Party fail every four years?

Source: HubPages
by Garry Reed

"Campaign season or not it’s easy to find headlines virtually everywhere asking why the Libertarian Party fails, doesn’t work, can’t win and falls short every election year. Everyone, friend and foe, has an endless array of answers and an even longer list of fixes. But few get to the true heart of the matter. The fundamental reality is that as a philosophy, as a political ideology, as a personal psychological mindset, libertarianism is an individualist concept while all other forms of social organizing are authoritarian." (04/05/17)


The epic triumph of liberalism and its tragic betrayal

Source: Foundation for Economic Education
by Dan Sanchez

"Three years ago, the New York Times asked whether 'the libertarian moment' had finally arrived. Since then, we have seen no libertarian revolution in politics or policy, leading many to ask whether the libertarian moment had indeed come … and gone. Perhaps, the thinking goes, the libertarians had their political American Idol audition, delivered a pitchy performance, and were sent home: end of story. In a sense, to even frame things in this way is silly. It would only make sense if libertarians were a curious sect with quirky ideas that somehow gained outsize national attention, giving us a one-time chance to seize the reins of power …. Poor branding is partly to blame: specifically, the use of the label 'libertarian' instead of the philosophy's original name, 'liberalism.'" (03/23/17)


The term I've been looking for is "path dependence"

Source: [email protected]
by Thomas L Knapp

"[Y]esterday in a Facebook discussion, I wrote: I agree with Clayton Hunt that anarcho-capitalism and paleoconservatism aren't the same thing. Anarcho-capitalism is an ideology. Paleoconservatism is a cult based on an attack of explosive strategic diarrhea that Rothbard would presumably have eventually taken some Kaopectate for if he hadn't died before he could get away from the toilet for more than a few seconds. … Which brings me to the quite possibly apocryphal tale explaining why the Solid Rocket Boosters used to launch the old Space Shuttles were the size they were." (03/02/17)