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A Challenge to Ludwig von Mises’s Theory of Probability

10/19/2010Libertarian Papers
Abstract: The most interesting and completely overlooked aspect of Ludwig von Mises’s theory of probability is the total absence of any explicit definition for probability in his theory. This paper examines Mises’s theory of probability in light of the fact that his theory possesses no definition...
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The Legacy of Johnson’s War on Poverty

10/03/2010Libertarian Papers
Abstract: The 1960s was a decade dedicated to experimentation within the Kennedy and Johnson administrations. Americans witnessed many significant changes and advancements in those ten short years, including the first man on the moon, a war in Vietnam, and successes in the automobile industry...
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The Human Body Sword

08/28/2010Libertarian Papers
Abstract: The human body shield problem involves an apparent dilemma for a libertarian, forcing him to choose between his own death and the death of an innocent person. This paper argues that the non-aggression principle permits a forceful response against the property of innocent individuals when...
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Review of Huebert’s Libertarianism Today

08/28/2010Libertarian Papers
My purpose today is to review a really excellent new libertarian book, Jacob Huebert's Libertarianism Today (Huebert, 2010). I first became aware of this young scholar when I read his critique (Huebert, 2002) of Mark Skousen, then president of FEE, who not only offered former New York City Mayor...
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Money and War in Murray Rothbard’s A History of Money and Banking in the United States

08/28/2010Libertarian Papers
Abstract: This paper is a presentation and an interpretation of Murray Rothbard’s views on the relation between the fiscal necessities brought by war and interventionism in Money and Banking as read from his book A History of Money and Banking in the United States.
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Rand, Rothbard, and Rights Reconsidered

08/28/2010Libertarian Papers
Abstract: This paper examines rights and the protection of rights from both the minarchist and the anarchist perspectives. The former relies on Objectivist (and Neo-Objectivist) perspectives and the latter relies primarily on Murray Rothbard’s views. My view is that government protection as put...
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A Critique of Block on Abortion and Child Abandonment

05/29/2010Libertarian Papers
Abstract: The present paper offers a critique of Block on the issues of abortion and child abandonment. Block regards aborting a fetus or abandoning a child as an instance of exercising one’s libertarian right of expelling trespassers from one’s private property. I argue that the above reasoning is...
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William Pitt, the Bank of England, and the 1797 Suspension of Specie Payments: Central Bank War Finance During the Napoleonic Wars

05/23/2010Libertarian Papers
Abstract: Modern military engagements are made possible by a state’s ability to easily acquire revenue. By either taking the money from its citizens via taxation, borrowing funds through bonds or loans from private financiers or other governments, or inflating the currency by issuing bank notes...
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The Importance of Christian Thought for the American Libertarian Movement: Christian Libertarianism, 1950-71

05/20/2010Libertarian Papers
Abstract: Murray N. Rothbard argued that there are many philosophic and non-philosophic arguments that provide a satisfactory basis for individual liberty. Rarely, however, did he discuss the claims of Christianity to be a suitable foundation for individual freedom. By looking at the Christian...
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Risking Aggression: Reply to Block

05/18/2010Libertarian Papers
Abstract: In his paper, “ Is There an ‘Anomalous’ Section of the Laffer Curve? ”, Walter Block describes some situations in which it appears that a libertarian should violate the non-aggression principle. To rectify this, Block proposes a different perspective on libertarianism which he calls...
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