Libertarianism

An Awesome Conference!

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Despite the big snow storm that hit Washington, D.C., last Thursday, the annual 2014 Students for Liberty Conference went on as scheduled at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in Washington. It was an awesome experience. I don’t know what the official attendance was but it seemed to be to be in the neighborhood of some 1,400 people, most of whom ... [click for more]

What Does It Mean to Be Free?

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Johann von Goethe once wrote, “None are more hopelessly enslaved than those who falsely believe they are free.” Goethe’s statement perfectly captures the plight of the American people in our time. That’s one of the principal challenges that we libertarians face, for if people are convinced they’re free, they have no incentive to break free of their servitude. Even ... [click for more]

One Moral Standard for All

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Libertarians make a self-defeating mistake in assuming that their fundamental principles differ radically from most other people’s principles. Think how much easier it would be to bring others to the libertarian position if we realized that they already agree with us in substantial ways. What am I talking about? It’s quite simple. Libertarians believe that the initiation of force is ... [click for more]

The Classical Liberal legacy of Percy Bysshe Shelley

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“I have deserted the odorous gardens of literature to journey across the great sandy desert of Politics.” In this manner, the English Romantic poet Percy Bysshe Shelley (1792–1822) announced a political treatise entitled A Philosophical View of Reform (1819). It states, “The first principle of political reform is the natural equality of men, not with relation to their property ... [click for more]
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