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A Positive Model Of Rights
A good model of rights should be consistent with observations from law, economics, and anthropology. If it is based on observation, we can call it a positive model, like other models in the sciences. (But not necessarily philosophy.)
An Austrian Perspective on the History of Economic Thought
An Austrian Perspective on the History of Economic Thought (Endres review) [More...]
Tony Endres' scathing review of Rothbard's magnum opus. "Rothbard has produced two volumes which are highly jaundiced and purblind." From History of Economics Review.
Capitalists are not your friends. (17 links)
Libertarians are cheerleaders for capitalists and capitalism. But as a worker, a consumer, or even as another capitalist, capitalists are not your friends. Not theoretically, and not in real life.
Characteristics of the Libertarian Family
Matt Zwolinski and John Tomasi, faced with the chaotic diversity of libertarianism, attempt to find basic characteristics that are typical of libertarianism. Beyond the problem of whether these are actually valid, there is the problem that they are not realistic. In addition, they correctly discount "liberty" as a characteristic, while omitting "rhetoric of liberty".
Libertarians claim to be in favor of consensual acts, excepting their favorite: non-consensual property. Consensuality is never black-and-white: it is always a gray area because of limitations of freedom by others such as property.
Democracy (propaganda sense)
A code term for having a market-oriented economy open to Western capital. This has nothing to do with either modern constitutional representative democracy or ancient direct democracy.
Distortion of the Market
Distort is such a loaded word! Economists use shift for almost any other factor.
False Dichotomies of Libertarian Ideology
Libertarianism is built on false dichotomies, because they provide the simplicity necessary to propaganda. Modeling the real world accurately usually requires more sophistication.
Grasping Hand
An attempt by faculty at GMU to have an obscure viewpoint of economics associated with one of their own, much as Hayekian is used by them to refer to another economics viewpoint.
How Plutocratic Policy Has Changed The United States Since 1950
Huben on Nozick (2 links)
Robert Nozick's "Anarchy, State and Utopia" can be quickly summarized as a game of hide-the-fallacy. After almost 40 years, it is still easy to identify new fallacies or describe the fallacies more obviously.
Huben on Social Contract
Libertarians misrepresent social contracts as they actually exist, referring instead to philosophical models.
Libertarian Dismissals of Arguments
Libertarians have many quick dismissals of counter-arguments that are unconvincing.
Libertarian Reinvention Of The Wheel
Libertarians attempt to reinvent under their ideology what we already have.
Libertarians Misunderstand Coercion
Liberty (propaganda)
The objective of libertarian liberty is to take power from public institutions and put it in the hands of private property owners. This merely changes who has liberty, removing the liberty to decide public policy from voters and giving it to the rich.
Life (Randian sense)
Maximal Individual Freedom
Misunderstanding Of Unions
Notorious Failures and Mistakes of Libertarianism
Claims widely adopted by libertarians that are spectacularly wrong.
Nozick's Natural Rights And Other Gut Feelings
Any time a natural rights author uses the term rights, you might as well substitute the word fairies.
Objectivism (propaganda sense)
Opposing Libertarianism (6 links) (6 links) (6 links) (6 links) (6 links) (6 links) (6 links) (6 links)
Opposing evangelical libertarianism is easy, but there's lots to learn to do it effectively. Here is an overview of some of what you would want to know.
Rights (propaganda)
Single principles of Libertarianism
Libertarians have a dazzling array of conflicting and irrational single principles that they use to define their ideology. (Under Construction)
Sound Science
The Kochtopus: Home-Grown Subversion Of The United States
During much of the 20th century, a great fear was communist subversion of the United States, and indeed there were spies and political movements that proved to be directed by the Soviet Union. During the last 40 years, a much larger and more thorough subversion has taken place to implant the anti-democratic political views of the Koch brothers in all parts of government and society.
The many divisions within libertarianism.
Libertarians are united only by a rhetoric of liberty. Socially, philosophically, and economically they have innumerable, unreconcilable divisions. If you ever want to side-track a group of libertarians, raise one of these divisions in discussion.
The worthless Lockean Fable of Initial Acquisition
The ahistorical labor theory of property fails in many ways. Including ignoring the evidence in front of our noses.
What Are Rights?
Rights are a far more complex subject than we usually think. Most people would be surprised at how much that their folk models of rights leave out. Libertarians rely on such simple models because they can lead to the right ideological conclusions. At least five fields consider rights: philosophy, law, economics, sociology, and anthropology. A good model would be compatible with all five fields.
What Is Liberty?
Liberty (AKA Freedom), the supposed object of Libertarianism, is hardly ever defined or discussed analytically by libertarians. Liberty, as used by libertarians, is a glittering generality of propaganda: an emotionally appealing phrase so closely associated with highly valued concepts and beliefs that it carries conviction without supporting information or reason. But liberty is susceptible to analysis and that analysis reveals enormous problems with libertarian ideology.
What Is Property?
Property is a complex set of coercive rights. Most people rely on simple folk models, but at least four fields are important for understanding property: philosophy, law, economics, and anthropology. Libertarians want an absolute, full liberal property over everything, that has never existed and that most people would not want.
What Is Wrong With Libertarianism (13 links)
Libertarianism is based on bad arguments. Here's a list of some common problems with libertarian arguments.
What's Right With Libertarianism
Why do you rob the middle class? It is where the money is.
Why Libertarianism Will Never Succeed
Libertarianism is doomed to failure for many obvious reasons.


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