Tag Archives: libertarianism

A Kantian case for libertarianism

Source: Libertarianism.org
by Jason Kuznicki

"Kant was a classical liberal. Not only that, but even in those places where Kant diverged from what we now would call libertarianism, one might argue that he did so in spite of his deeper philosophical commitments, rather than because of them. With the help of further reflection, we might even say that a somewhat better Kantian would be significantly more libertarian than Kant himself ever was. Importantly, Kant's own system was explicitly open to this kind of development and growth, and it is a mark of his philosophical acumen that he left the door open for those sorts of future improvements." [editor's note: No idea why this didn't appear in my RSS feed for more than a month, but interesting enough to run even at this late date … – TLK] (01/03/17)


Thinking about libertarian foreign policy

Source: Niskanen Center
by Matthew Fay

"Libertarians have an uneasy relationship with foreign policy. The state, after all, is the primary actor in international relations. In many situations, the alternative to action by the American state is not the action of a private sector or civil society actor, but rather the action of another state. In many cases, action by more repressive or brutal regimes may well be worse for American interests and the world at large than action by the U.S. government, for all its many failings. For libertarians, who want the state to do less, not more, this fact can be hard to stomach." (02/02/17)


Against libertarian populism

Source: Notes On Liberty
by Zachary Woodman

"To cite reasons why libertarians should embrace this populist ethos, Alex [Witoslawski] cites the recent surprising election of Donald Trump and the relatively successful Ron Paul primary campaigns of 2008 and 2012, and gives the example of Lew Rockwell's and Murray Rothbard's infamous paleolibertarian phase in the late eighties and early nineties for inspiration. Let me give eight reasons why principled libertarians — and classical liberals — neither can be nor should be populists …" (02/01/17)


How conservatives can save America

Source: The Atlantic
by Conor Friedersdorf

"Karen Stenner, then a professor of politics at Princeton University, studied places like the former Yugoslavia that descended into bloody civil war, as well as citizens of successful democracies in Europe and North America, and identified the conditions and political predispositions that make civil strife most likely. She found that across eras and countries, some humans, who she calls 'libertarians,' strongly prefer individual freedom and diversity, while others, who she calls 'authoritarians,' possess a perhaps innate discomfort with difference that causes them to prefer sameness and unity, even if coercive measures are needed to enforce it. Usually, these types are able to coexist peacefully. But at times they come into conflict. How conservatives react in those times is crucial to the outcome." (02/02/17)


How should libertarians deal with white supremacy?

Source: Hubpages
by Garry Reed

"'How would a U.S. libertarian deal with the problem of white supremacy as a system?' This question was posed as a challenge from an antagonistic denizen of the social media online world who then rejected all answers without offering any answers himself. The simple answer is to keep advocating the non-aggression principle against coercion, intimidation and fraud in any form against any people. Period. However, without understanding the nature and history of white supremacy and without truly understanding the Modern American Libertarian Movement the answer cannot possibly be understood." (01/31/17)


What is libertarianism? An examination of it and some resources for further research

Source: The Libertarian Republic
by Ian Tartt

"While libertarians are mostly in agreement about the justifications for liberty (whether deontological or utilitarian), they often disagree about how to get to a free society. Some use political action (voting, fundraising for candidates, running for office, etc) while others oppose it. Many, whether they affirm or reject political action, will write articles or books and create videos in which they express their ideas. There are frequent clashes over the best strategy to attain a free society; these clashes usually result in setting back the liberty movement rather than advancing it, and thus making it that much harder to recover freedom. Another point of disagreement, common to libertarians, is over the proper amount of government, or whether there should be a government at all." (01/31/17)


Free Thoughts Podcast, 01/27/17

Source: Libertarianism.org

"Brink Lindsey joins us this week to talk about his idea for an alliance between liberals and libertarians in the age of Trump-style conservative populism." [various formats] (01/27/17)


Alt-right or libertarian?

Source: The Anarchist Shemale
by Aria DiMezzo

"The alt-right has an odd relationship with libertarians, primarily because so many libertarians defected from the rEVOLution to join the Trump Train and sign on with the alt-right, but they have since continued to call themselves libertarians. There are others, like Stefan Molyneaux, who have some libertarian-ish positions, too, which serves to further muddy the divide. Regardless of a person's individual preferences on specific policies, though, there is a line between the alt-right and libertarianism. They are not the same thing, and they are mutually exclusive because of where this divide takes place." (01/26/17)


Do Satoshi's libertarian statements from the past matter anymore?

Source: Bitcoin.com
by Jamie Redman

"Bitcoin is a revolutionary experiment that may disrupt the world’s financial markets and society’s norms in more ways than one. Everyone has their own ideas of how they envision bitcoin being used ranging from a libertarian-style abolitionist standpoint to a statist who believes governments should be heavily involved with the cryptocurrency economy. The question is how will these conflicting visions work with the bitcoin network in the future?" (01/17/17)


Social contract: The myth

Source: Nolan Chart
by George J Dance

"In my years as a libertarian, I have seen our movement go through three of those four stages. For a long time, libertarian thought was mainly ignored. Then came a period of articles making fun of those silly libertarians wanting to 'privatize sidewalks' and the like. Now it seems that we are definitely in the 'fight' stage. Not a week goes by without some article on the Web bitterly assailing libertarians and libertarian ideas. Normally I ignore; but a while ago I read a most remarkable article that calls for comment: 'The Libertarian Delusion' by a Mr. James Luko. What is remarkable is not that Luko dislikes libertarian ideas — his biography does identify him as a career bureaucrat, after all — but how he argues against them." (01/12/17)