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What is Libertarianism?

also see 150 years of Libertarian | The Libertarian spectrum What Libertarianism is and isn't. "...due to the creation of the Libertarian Party in the USA, many people now consider the idea of "libertarian socialism" to be a contradiction in terms. Indeed,...

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Ayn Rand and the Perversion of Libertarianism

Lance Klafta Anarchy: A Journal of Desire Armed no. 34 (1993) source The political controversy of the late 19th century was: whether socialists (all those who believed in the individual's right to possess what he or she produced) should engage...

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Framing Left Libertarianism, A First Pass

Gary Chartier source Left libertarianism (hereinafter LL) can be seen as an exercise in packaging and propaganda. Or it can be seen as a powerful expression of concerns that ought to be at the heart of movements for freedom. Cynical...

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In Defense of Egalitarianism

source Part of the baggage that tends to come along with contemporary libertarian politics is a rejection of egalitarianism. The notions of liberty and equality are conceived of as being in an antagonistic relationship, with egalitarian ideas being equated to...

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Kinsella’s Closed System- Left Libertarianism

source Over at "Instead of a Blog", Roman Pearah made a response to a statement by Stephan Kinsella about left-libertarians. I'd like to add the thoughts that this invokes for me on top of this. Firstly, it seems very obvious that Kinsella is...

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Libertarianism Means Worker Empowerment

Roderick Long source Advocates of free markets and advocates of worker empowerment often find themselves at odds, as is attested by the current controversy between Bertram, Robin, and Gourevitch on the one hand and members of this blog on the other. This...

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Thin Libertarianism is a Vulgar Libertarianism

Brainpolice To begin with, let me define my terms here. By "thin" libertarianism I refer to the treatment of the non-aggression principle as a groundless axoim, and as the only value that is relevant to libertarianism, beyond which point all...

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150 years of Libertarian

source This year, 2008, marks the 150th anniversary of the use of the word “libertarian” by anarchists. As is well known, anarchists use the terms “libertarian”, “libertarian socialist” and “libertarian communist” as equivalent to “anarchist” and, similarly, “libertarian socialism” or “libertarian communism” as an alternative for “anarchism.” This is perfectly understandable, as the anarchist...

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Libertarian Property and Privatization: An Alternative Paradigm

Kevin A. Carson source Carlton Hobbs recently challenged the tendency of mainstream libertarians, free marketers and anarcho-capitalists to favor the capitalist corporation as the primary model of ownership and economic activity, and to assume that any future free market society...

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The Left-Libertarian vs. Right-Libertarian Controversy

brainpolice source The general controversy and debate between left-libertarians and right-libertarians seems to have gotten more heated on the libertarian blogosphere recently, with people like Roderick Long andKevin Carson endlessly exchanging with people like Stefan Kinsella and Walter Block on questions...

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What is left-libertarianism?

also see The Libertarian Spectrum | the libertarian left brainpolice source In a sense, left-libertarianism is a historical revision that identifies a tradition of association between libertarianism and what can be deemed to be the "left" end of the political spectrum....

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On The Relationship Between Libertarianism, Anarchism and Values

brainpolice source While it is true that the derivation of the word libertarian is essentially as a code word for an anarchist after some of the more violent parts of the history of the labor movement, I think that there...

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Why Do I Call Myself a Left-Libertarian?

Danny I thought this might be of interest to you guys, so I'm cross-posting it from Back to the Drawing Board. I received a very fair comment on a previous post, "On Distributive Justice and the Indeterminacy of the Market Process,"...

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Questioning Deonotological Libertarianism

brainpolice source   [Note: Just because I question deontology does not necessarily mean that I support utilitarianism. I do not support utilitarianism, and I find Frederich Neitzsche's criticisms of the pleasure/pain principle to be fairly informative. Futhermore, deontology vs. utilitarianism...

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How the Left has Won

Or, why is there still socialism in the United States? James Livingston “When did you stop beating your wife?” “Why can’t Johnny read?” “Why did the Harlem Renaissance fail?” “Why is there no socialism in the United States?” What happens...

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What kind of libertarian are you?

https://freedomthistime.wordpress.com/2011/10/29/what-kind-of-libertarian-are-you/ David ? The word “libertarian” has an interesting etymology. Today, it has become associated with its recent American interpretation; “libertarianism” denotes the limiting of state functions to defence of the nation and of individual legal and property rights. All...

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Libertarianism and Classical Liberalism: Is There a Difference?

source by Mario Rizzo I consider myself both a libertarian and a classical liberal. I have been teaching a seminar in classical liberalism at the NYU Law School for six semesters. I am always asked about the difference.  My answer...

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If libertarianism means anything…

"If libertarianism means anything, it certainly should mean progress, not stasis; change, not medieval dogma; a liberation of energies, not a new cage. Of course, there is an opinion broad in the land that libertarianism does mean a mindless, heartless...

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