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?

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…

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…

Gender and Freedom

I am a feminist; I believe in complete gender equality before the law. Economically speaking, there should be no gender based restrictions on holding a certain occupation. I understand that any assertions concerning an individual’s character, intellect and emotional fortitude that utilize gender as an explanation are redundant. Furthermore; I think that it’s obvious that…

Why “Accumulating Wealth” is Wrong

Last week I went to a humanist event on Human Rights. There were two speakers exploring the topic of whether human rights are universal or not. One of them was a young sociologist who argued for a relativist position. While he said that he liked the idea that human rights could be applied everywhere, he…

Is Specific Performance an Argument against Libertarianism?

Here is an issue that I am struggling with at the moment. Imagine we live in a libertarian society. Everyone owns themselves and their private property. Everyone is able to make contracts with others on the basis of this property. In this society, let us say a billionaire is very worried about his health. He…

Soviet Migration Chaos

In many ways, Europe seems to be in a crises at the moment. Economic problems of some EU states, most importantly Greece have been constantly in the news over the past few years and no end is in side. The people in charge to manage the crises are our completely clueless politicians. They have identified…

How to be healthy

I see the value in this kind of thinking, described as a kind of therapy by Greg Lukianoff  and Jonathan Haidt but sharing much of what I would “education” or even “parenting”: The goal is to minimize distorted thinking and see the world more accurately. You start by learning the names of the dozen or…

Opportunities in purity

The designers of Formula 1 motor cars are well-known for being good at the very peculiar job of making the fastest possible car within a set of constraints designed to slow them down. This is because they do not focus upon the constraint but focus instead on finding something they can do to make the…

Did Richard Overton Preempt Ayn Rand?

Here is a part of the shaft of the literary arrow fired by Richard Overton against all tyrants and tyranny, … from the prison of Newgate in 1646: this by nature everyone’s desire aims at and requires; for no man naturally would be befooled of his liberty by his neighbour’s craft or enslaved by his neighbour’s might.…