Posts Tagged: Libertarian

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Libertarians believe that there is, fundamentally, only one right: the right not to be aggressed against. All further rights are simply applications of, rather than supplements to, this basic right. Hence the vast panoply of other rights – positive rights, welfare rights – recognized by existing political regimes is dismissed as illegitimate.

This view seems mysterious to non-libertarians. More specifically, the libertarian position strikes many critics as puzzlingly one-sided. Freedom from aggression is a good thing, certainly; but so are freedom from hunger, freedom from disease, and freedom from poverty. Why not recognize rights in all these cases? What sort of lopsided view would one have to have of human life, in order to think that aggression is, but hunger, disease, and poverty are not, serious enough evils to take into account in devising a system of rights?

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Students For Liberty - A Letter to Libertarians from a Former Libertarian

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Liberty Minded

With a brand new website, the Liberty Minded crew is looking pretty good

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by Roderick T. Long

I want to talk about some of the main objections that have been given to libertarian anarchism and my attempts to answer them. But before I start giving objections and trying to answer them, there is no point in trying to answer objections to a view unless you have given some positive reason to hold the view in the first place. So, I just want to say briefly what I think the positive case is for it before going on to defend it against objections.

THE CASE FOR LIBERTARIAN ANARCHISM

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