I honestly didn't want to write this article. I have already made a few Facebook comments trying to clarify what was wrong with Jeff Deist's "For a New Libertarian" speech, but sadly the controversy isn't going away. Battle lines are being drawn and the gulf between the consistent libertarians who prioritize liberty above all else and those who are willing to give a nod to fascism, nationalism, and the alt-right is growing ever wider and deeper. … Read this article
The greatest divide among libertarians is probably between anarchists and minarchists, but among the libertarian anarchists, the major split seems to be between the privatizers and the abolitionists. The privatizers see current violent state functions and entities (e.g. executions, prisons, military, police, border guards, TSA, etc.) and imagine most, if not all, of these functions being taken over by private entities in a free market. … Read this article
I was recently involved in a discussion involving the allegation that someone forced another person into making certain choices regarding their line of work. The details or identities are not important, but I would like to touch upon the subject of what constitutes force from the libertarian perspective. … Read this article
Note: A libertarian (with a small "l") is not the same as a Libertarian (with a capital "L") because the former is a philosophical designation while the latter references membership in a political party.
I am a libertarian because I oppose the initiation of force and because I believe in liberty, autonomy, and the non-aggression principle. … Read this article
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I wasn't always this way. Like so many in the libertarian tradition, I was brought up as a conservative christian and taught that the USA, the military, and the police were the "good guys" who I should thank for my freedom. … Read this article
"If libertarianism is such a great system, why hasn't it ever been adopted?" If you are a libertarian, you have probably been asked this question or some variant on more than one occasion. While there actually are some examples of libertarian or near-libertarian systems in history, there is actually a more fundamental problem with the question. … Read this article