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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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Building the Cathedral as Sanctuary: Recognizing Action as the Basis of Property

04/22/2010Libertarian Papers
Abstract: Using the concept of purposeful action, I define the necessary and sufficient aspects of any property. These qualities are derived though noticing that property is those things which are the object of a set of past, present, and future actions of individuals. The result is that property...
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Voltairine de Cleyre: More of an Anarchist than a Feminist?

03/28/2010Libertarian Papers
Abstract: The recently rediscovered Michigan-born poet, essayist, and political philosopher, Voltairine de Cleyre (1866-1912) has been celebrated by modern scholars as both an anarchist and a feminist. In this paper, however, it is argued that detailed scrutiny of her writings perhaps suggests de...
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When Is a Monopoly Not a Monopoly? A Reply to Tibor Machan

03/28/2010Libertarian Papers
Abstract: Accused by Tibor Machan of equivocation and psychologising in Machan’s 2008 book Anarchism/Minarchism, Nicholas Dykes rebuts both charges and suggests that, on the former charge, it is rather Professor Machan himself who equivocates. Nicholas Dykes * *. *Nicholas Dykes (nicholasbd@tiscali...
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A Problem With Aristotle’s Ethical Essentialism

03/28/2010Libertarian Papers
This discussion is motivated by both my sympathy with Aristotle's meta-physics and my problems with certain elements of his ethics.
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Is There an "Anomalous" Section of the Laffer Curve?

02/11/2010Libertarian Papers
Abstract: When an economy is at the upper part of the Laffer curve, a reduction in tax rates will, somewhat paradoxically, lead to a rise in the amount of money, both relatively and absolutely, the taxpayer will retain, but, also, to an increase in government revenues collected. The former result...
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Two Concepts of Rationality

02/11/2010Libertarian Papers
Abstract: The dominant tradition in Western philosophy sees rationality as dictating. Thus rationality may require that we believe the best explanation and simple conceptual truths and that we infer in accordance with evident rules of inference. I argue that, given what we know about the growth of...
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How Anticommonism "Cemented" the American Conservative Movement in a Liberal Age of Conformity, 1945–64

02/11/2010Libertarian Papers
Abstract: With the publication in 1976 of George H. Nash’s The Conservative Intellectual Movement in America Since 1945 , interest in post-WWII opposition to the dominant liberal consensus of the time has steadily grown. Most commentators on the subject, in the attempt to construct a coherent...
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Austrian Business Cycle Theory: Are 100 Percent Reserves Sufficient to Prevent a Business Cycle?

02/09/2010Libertarian Papers
We have seen that the time dimension of savings is essential to understanding the business cycle. This dimension can vary and have effects on the structure of production. Entrepreneurs can anticipate future decreases in time-preference rates and the roll-over of short-term savings. In a free market...
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Rejoinder to Carnis on Private Roads

02/09/2010Libertarian Papers
Abstract: Carnis (2009) is a commentary on a debate I (Block and Block, 1976; Block, 1978c) have been having with Tullock (1976) on the privatization of roads. The present paper is a rejoinder to Carnis (2009) who is highly critical of Tullock’s share of the debate, and offers some luke-warm...
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