Monday, November 20, 2017

Libertarianism

But Without Taxation…

The inescapable conclusion that taxation is theft has led to countless people asking for alternative forms of funding. Meeting this challenge is essential for libertarians, since our message requires a radical shift in thinking...

TGIF: Real Common Sense on Gun Control

Here's how to judge the pragmatic case for gun control: if the pro-control lobby managed to have each of its favorite restrictions enacted, could we as individuals be more casual about our safety than...

Podcast on the Unlibertarian US Constitution

I was recently interviewed on the Liberty Chronicles podcast, sponsored by the Cato Institute at Libertarianism.org. Listen here.

The Voluntaryist Constitution

Reprinted with permission from the Mises Institute. There have been a number of attempts to create the ideal constitution — one which enshrines liberty, autonomy, and property rights, while ensuring the highest degree of prosperity...

TGIF: Is Secession by Referendum Libertarian?

I have concerns about secession by referendum. Individual secession, of course, is no problem; that's simply libertarianism. Before I get into my reasons, let me stipulate that smaller political jurisdictions are on net preferable...

TGIF: Overcoming Confirmation Bias on Guns

Confirmation bias is one of the great obstacles to making the practical case for liberty. People see in events what they want to see. I think of the joke about the person who planned...

TGIF: Flags, Football, and Begged Questions

Defenders of Donald Trump's condemnation of NFL players who "take a knee" during the national hymn -- sorry, anthem -- beg a few questions. They assume the truth of matters that are or should be...

New Libertarian Politics 2 of 3: Political Organization Outside The State

This article is the second in a series of three on new approaches to politics for libertarians.  The three approaches can be thought of as a pyramid, where the third approach is the most...

TGIF: Trump’s Americanized Fascism

Donald Trump delivered a depraved address to the UN General Assembly this week. It might not have been a new low for Trump, but that's only because he went into the UN at an...

Libertarianism Is More Than Just Market Fundamentalism

Libertarian critics and supporters alike often characterize our approach to social problems as “let the market take care of it.” If the government would just stop taxing and regulating us, so the narrative goes, all...
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