Tag Archives: libertarianism

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)


What does "freedom" actually mean? Self-indulgent Libertarian hypocrisy knows no bounds

Source: Salon
by Jeremy Sherman

[editor's note: I'm not even going to try to excerpt this. It's like someone challenged the guy to come up with an answer to the question "what would it look like if someone without the slightest idea what libertarianism is or where it came from had to demonstrate what it takes to get an F on a high school freshman composition exercise?" Yes. That bad. Really. – TLK] (02/27/17)


Libertarianism and immigration enforcement

Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G Hornberger

"For the past several years, there has been a running debate within the libertarian movement between libertarians who favor government immigration controls and those who favor open borders. As an advocate of open borders, I have never been able to figure out how those libertarians who favor government-controlled borders are able to reconcile their position with the libertarian non-aggression principle, which condemns the initiation of force against others and holds that people should be free to do whatever they want so long as their conduct is peaceful. I have also been unable to understand how the government-controlled-borders libertarians reconcile their position with the concepts of natural, God-given rights, private property, free markets, and limited government, all of which are bedrock political and economic principles of libertarianism." (02/22/17)


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)