Libertarian Ideas

Practical action is needed, but action must stem from ideas. If we don’t have the ideas we cannot succeed. So what is libertarianism? What are the challenges and what are the benefits?

The Freedom to Speak about Islam

I’ve been frustrated recently for having become curious about Islam. Specifically, I have questions which I would like for a Muslim person to answer, but I can’t find anybody discussing such questions. What I find are mostly one way monologues from opposing sides. (in the last week or so, thanks to Trump, US media like…

Heretical Thoughts on Libertarian Philosophy

There are various theories attempting to explain or justify Libertarianism. There are many important and influential thinkers in this movement, including people like Ayn Rand, Robert Nozick, David Friedman and of course Murray Rothbard. They have developed different schools of thought, each of which was more or less successful in making some converts. But besides…

Equality and Opportunity

Even as an entirely utilitarian classical liberal it’s possible to, in theory, be worried about economic inequality. If a society is so unequal that we don’t have, nor cannot have, equality of opportunity then this isn’t a society that’s living up to the liberal ideals. We might therefore want to do something about said inequality.…

War Is The Enemy Of Liberty

Admittedly, I have very little faith in violence as a problem solving tool in general. But I am not a pacifist. I do believe there is a time to fight back. If someone shoots at you, you certainly have every right to shoot back in order to avert the attack. In that sense, I really…

What Leo Strauss can tell us about Tax Credits

Reading Stephen Hoffman’s guest post plugging the Conservatives for Liberty lobby evening (held on Wednesday), my interest was piqued. I wanted to learn more about this committed bunch of free market activists. So I popped over to Con4Lib, and I found this charming piece by Elena Attfield, Listen to the (Fried)man, George!, about how Tax…

Lew Rockwell’s Problem with Freedom

Lew Rockwell is a big name in the libertarian movement. He was close to Murry Rothbard, worked for Ron Paul early on and most importantly he founded the Ludwig von Mises Institute in Auburn Alabama of which he is still the chairman. It is probably thanks to the latter that the austrian school is enjoying…

Public Goods: A Question of Balance

In economics, a public good is a good that is both non-excludable and non-rivalrous in that individuals cannot be effectively excluded from use and where use by one individual does not reduce availability to others.” From Wikipedia, Public Goods I believe this standard definition of public goods assumes something most definitely not in evidence: Whether…

Democracy, Cognitive Dissonance, and Leviathan

Does Tim Worstall read Libertarian Home? The reason I ask is that, in the fortnight or so since I published Patricians, Paternalism, Free Riders, and The Guillotine Worstall keeps repeating this same “things that must be done and that only government can do” line. It’s doubtless only a coincidence – though I hope it isn’t…