Archive for Libertarianism

“The fraud of classical liberalism”

I always like to skim articles like this to see how someone could come up with a title like that. In my (obviously defensive) reaction, I would say the author points to things that are clearly not consistent with classical liberalism–like using armies to engage in “free trade”–or he is simply mistaken about historical causality–like […]

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Thoughts on the “Vice” Episode on Charlottesville

Partly because I had technical hang-ups and partly because I wanted to collect my thoughts, I’ve waited a bit before saying anything publicly about this shocking video on Charlottesville. So here are my reactions, and again I’m closing the comments on this because I think that will help to contain further fighting. ==> It will […]

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If Libertarians Reject the “Left/Right Spectrum” Then Why Do We Use Those Terms?

I’m genuinely asking the question. (And this isn’t just coming from me; I’ve seen other people in the last few months making this point.) On the one hand, we libertarians like to roll our eyes at standard political surveys or classification schemes in which Adolf Hitler is the polar opposite of Josef Stalin. We like […]

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A Tale of Two Conspiracies

In the last month I have become intimately acquainted with two conspiracies afoot in the libertarian economics community: CONSPIRACY #1 James Buchanan was a founder of Public Choice economics. Its scholars are actively seeking to end injustice perpetrated by the State, and to advance individual liberty. Buchanan invited an outspoken opponent of apartheid to his […]

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An Interesting Combination of Positions in the Carrier Debate

I don’t want to make too much of this, and I’m not even saying there is an outright contradiction here. I’ll succinctly state the interesting combination in the form of a script, loosely based on actual events that I observed firsthand on social media. TRUMP SUPPORTERS: You idiot libertarians need to drop your faith in […]

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A Video Offering Constructive Criticism of Gary Johnson

I feel that I’ve lost my objectivity when it comes to Gary Johnson, and so I’m only going to share this here (as opposed to social media). Incidentally, see if you can pass the Turing Test on me: How did I react around 1:05? BTW, the stuff about Muslim immigrants and what they did in […]

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Brad Birzer Talks to Tom Woods About Mythology, Christianity, and Liberty

Sure I’ll go ahead and post this on a Sunday. Listen to two Catholics talk about Thor. (Joking aside, this is really good stuff.)

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Scorecard of Gary Johnson’s Interview With Chris Wallace

[UPDATE below.] I’m upset with Gary Johnson because he is running as a Libertarian, so I hold him to a higher standard than other candidates. But I realize I’m possibly being too hard on the guy, so when David R. Henderson recently singled out Johnson’s August 28 interview with Chris Wallace as his best performance yet, […]

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