Category Archives: Libertarianism

The Non-Aggression Principle Part 2/3 – A Conclusion, Not an Axiom

Back in the 1960s and 70s, when libertarianism was a newly emerging ideology, many libertarians used the term “non-aggression axiom,” rather than the now more common “non-aggression principle” (NAP). This was not just a terminological issue, but also had an … Continue reading

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The Non-Aggression Principle Part 1/3 – What It Is and What It Isn’t

The non-aggression principle (NAP) is the cornerstone of libertarianism. Roughly speaking, the NAP states that it is illicit to initiate violence against person or property. In this post, I will argue that the NAP should be understood as a legal … Continue reading

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Why I’m a Libertarian Part 4/4: The Harmony of Interests

For part 1 of this series, see The Coercive Nature of Law. For part 2, see The Efficiency of Free Market Capitalism. For part 3, see Negative Externalities of Government. “The history of all hitherto existing society is the history … Continue reading

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Why I’m a Libertarian Part 3/4: Negative Externalities of Government

For part 1 of this series, see The Coercive Nature of Law. For part 2, see The Efficiency of Free Market Capitalism. The most popular argument against free markets among economically literate people is market failure. Non-libertarians who understand economics … Continue reading

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Why I’m a Libertarian Part 2/4: The Efficiency of Free Market Capitalism

For part 1 of this series, see The Coercive Nature of Law. Any large society faces the problem of social coordination: how do you get people to work together in a more or less coordinated and harmonious way? After all, … Continue reading

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Why I’m a Libertarian Part 1/4: The Coercive Nature of Law

Libertarianism is a political philosophy which emphasises individual rights, peace, private property, and free market capitalism. In this series I want to share four reasons that made libertarianism so attractive to me: the coercive nature of law, the efficiency of … Continue reading

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Freedom Is the Right to Discriminate

Few words are so maligned today as “discrimination”. Discrimination is considered a horrible evil, to be prevented at all costs. Speculation abounds about discrimination against all sorts of groups. There is concern over discrimination against women, against homosexuals, against foreigners, … Continue reading

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