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The Economic Nobel Prize

04/01/2011Libertarian Papers
Abstract: This paper raises the question whether the Economic Nobel Prize is ideologically biased. Based on a review of a significant number of the Prize Committee’s award justifications, the article concludes at a persistent bias against private property and the free market and in favour of...
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Response to Block on Abortion, Round Three

03/31/2011Libertarian Papers
Abstract: Block (2011) has offered a second round of counterarguments to my criticisms (Wisniewski 2010a, 2010b) of the claim that his theory of evictionism is compatible with libertarianism. In this paper I attempt to demonstrate that my critique still stands. In particular, I focus on analyzing...
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Well-Being and Objectivity

03/31/2011Libertarian Papers
Abstract: In this paper, I investigate the issue of whether there exists an objective element of well-being, completely independent of anyone’s desires, interests and preferences. After rejecting health-based and convention-based approaches to objectivity, I conclude that the element in question...
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Unity and Integration in Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged

03/25/2011Libertarian Papers
Abstract: This article makes an argument for Atlas Shrugged as a highly unified and integrated novel. All of the sections of the paper explain how integration and unity are embodied in Atlas Shrugged . Part one discusses the philosophical and literary structure of Rand’s masterpiece. The next...
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Response to Wisniewski on Abortion, Round Two

03/24/2011Libertarian Papers
Response to Wisniewski on Abortion, Round Two
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Review of Kosanke’s Instead of Politics

03/24/2011Libertarian Papers
Individualist John Frederic Kosanke's new book Instead of Politics is an intriguing addition to the literature of freedom. Logical economic arguments against a political society and for a free–market society are skillfully presented by the author. Ultimately, the comprehensive nature of the work...
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Plato and the Spell of the State

03/06/2011Libertarian Papers
Abstract: This essay attempts to show that Plato’s thought makes important contributions to libertarian theory. Plato diagnoses the state as essentially a state of mind, one in which irrational desires replace natural reason as a guide to ethical conduct. The statist mindset is therefore marked by...
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Of Private, Common, and Public Property and the Rationale for Total Privatization

02/23/2011Libertarian Papers
I have three goals. First, I want to clarify the nature and function of private property. Second, I want to clarify the distinction between "common" goods and property and "public" goods and property, and explain the construction error inherent in the institution of public goods and property. Third...
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Why Credit Deflation Is More Likely than Mass Inflation: An Austrian Overview of the Inflation Versus Deflation Debate

12/31/2010Libertarian Papers
Abstract: This article provides an Austrian overview of the inflation versus deflation debate which has captured the attention of the economics profession in the years following the US housing bust. Much of the Austrian analysis of this debate has focused on the massive expansion of the Federal...
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The Current Evidence for Hayek’s Cultural Group Selection Theory

12/30/2010Libertarian Papers
Friedrich Hayek's views of the evolution of society and reason have often elicited strident denials, as Gerald Gaus notes in his contribution ... Abstract: In this article I summarize Friedrich Hayek’s cultural group selection theory and describe the evidence gathered by current cultural group...
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