Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Libertarianism

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...

New Libertarian Politics 1 of 3: The Importance of Pragmatism

Libertarianism has come to a point where it must embrace pragmatic solutions like never before.  The stakes are high: the possibility of nuclear war, technology that could liberate the earth or otherwise lead to...

Austrian Economics Could Better Explain Politics

In a previous article, I discussed a theory of conflict framed by economics.  I suspect that my thoughts touch on Rothbard's elusive category of Praxeology: the "Theory of Hostile Action". I stumbled upon the idea...

TGIF: The American Führerprinzip

Why is the president of the United States expected to rush to a weather disaster zone to reassure the victims? Why do distressed people want to be comforted by the president, any president? Commenting on Donald...

Loving the Cage, Not the Bird

Scores of adoring people line up to watch the vast array of colored birds, they are trapped inside a small cage, the bigger ones are unable to even extend their wings. The birds chirp...

There’s No Reason to Worry About the Supposed “Libertarian to Alt-Right Pipeline”

Much ink has been spilled in the aftermath of Charlottesville about the supposed direct connection between libertarians and the alt-right. “Many prominent leaders of the alt-right have, at some point, identified as libertarian,” Matt...

TGIF: The Liberal Spirit and Its Opposite, Alt-Rightism

How ridiculous it is for Matt Lewis of The Daily Beast to write, "It seems observably true that libertarianism is disproportionately a gateway drug to the alt-right." To say the libertarian movement is a "gateway...
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