Libertarian Papers

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Rejoinder to Borer on the NAP

11/11/2010Libertarian Papers
Abstract: Borer (2010) launches a spirited attack on my own promulgation and defense of the non aggression principle (NAP) as the lynchpin of libertarianism, as adumbrated in several of my published papers (Block, 2009A, 2010). The two of us, Borer and me, in my opinion, achieve real disagreement,...
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Libertarianism and Immigration

11/11/2010Libertarian Papers
Abstract: In this paper I investigate the libertarian account of immigration. In the first section I distinguish between right-libertarianism and left-libertarianism. In the second section I analyze the arguments focused on immigration from the perspective of self-ownership focused on Nozick’s case...
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Rejoinder to Wisniewski on Abortion

11/11/2010Libertarian Papers
Abstract: I have published more than just a few papers on the abortion issue. Instead of taking either the pro choice or the pro life position, I offer a third alternative: evictionism. I claim that this perspective, which, as it happens is a principled compromise between the other two positions,...
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Systems Thinking for an Economically Literate Society

11/11/2010Libertarian Papers
Abstract: In the US a dismal truth exists about the citizenry’s lack of understanding of economic fundamentals whether it is amongst our political leaders or our university graduates. This then leads one to ask, “What can be done to help people become literate in economics?” Perhaps the answer lies...
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Distributive Justice and Free Market Economics: A Eudaimonistic Perspective

11/10/2010Libertarian Papers
Abstract: In today’s society, a peculiar understanding of distributive justice has developed which holds that “social justice must be distributed by the coercive force of government.” However, this is a perversion of the ideal of distributive justice. The perspective of distributive justice which...
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Critique of Caplan’s The Myth of the Rational Voter

11/10/2010Libertarian Papers
Abstract: Bryan Caplan’s 2007 book, The Myth of the Rational Voter , created some controversy by stating that voters make irrational political decisions. While it has commonly been accepted in public choice discourse that citizens are ignorant of the complexities of politics, Caplan takes the...
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A Competitive Market in Human Organs

11/07/2010Libertarian Papers
Abstract: I offer consequentialist and deontological arguments for a competitive market in human organs, from live as well as dead donors. I consider the objections that a market in organs will frustrate altruism, coerce the desperate, expose under-informed agents to unacceptable risks, exacerbate...
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Capitalism, Socialism and Public Choice

10/31/2010Libertarian Papers
Abstract: The essay examines Schumpeter’s understanding of the capitalist process and develops a critical analysis of his explanation of why capitalism cannot survive. Part I deals with how Schumpeter understood capitalism. Part II studies why –- from his point of view — capitalism couldn’t survive...
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Response to Jakobsson on Human Body Shields

10/30/2010Libertarian Papers
Abstract: A grabs B and uses him as a body shield. That is, A hides behind B (A renders B helpless to resist his grasp), and from that vantage point, shoots at C. According to libertarian theory, may B shoot at C, or, is it proper that C pull the trigger at B? In the view of Rothbard (1984), the...
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Hayek and Departure from Praxeology

10/29/2010Libertarian Papers
Abstract: Friedrich von Hayek is mostly known as a staunch critic of naturalist fallacy. It is claimed in the article that having been heavily influenced by Epicurus, he commited an identical error that he himself criticized. This opinion is based on Hayek’s application of Ernst Mach mind-body...
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