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Libertarianism’s Place In Society

Libertarianism as a unifying spirit is only conceivable because we operate in a world that has experienced the imposition of a political society.

Epater le Bourgeois!

Why the constant fuss in the media about these shocking displays of crass behavior? We sincerely doubt it is all spontaneous and completely without planned provocation.

Our Biases and Inclinations

The editorial from the Spring Issue of the AL Magazine. Our very first editorial, with an optimism that there are many more to come! Get yours today.

Why Read Economic Theory?

We share our knowledge with our children, to the next generation, in hopes that what has been gained shall not be lost.

Austro-Libertarianism as a Meaningful Phrase

While political and economic theory are categorically distinct, the case can be made for the unity of Austrian Economics and Libertarianism into a meaningful phrase.

Libertarianism’s Place In Society

Libertarianism as a unifying spirit is only conceivable because we operate in a world that has experienced the imposition of a political society.

Epater le Bourgeois!

Why the constant fuss in the media about these shocking displays of crass behavior? We sincerely doubt it is all spontaneous and completely without planned provocation.

Our Biases and Inclinations

The editorial from the Spring Issue of the AL Magazine. Our very first editorial, with an optimism that there are many more to come! Get yours today.

Why Read Economic Theory?

We share our knowledge with our children, to the next generation, in hopes that what has been gained shall not be lost.

Austro-Libertarianism as a Meaningful Phrase

While political and economic theory are categorically distinct, the case can be made for the unity of Austrian Economics and Libertarianism into a meaningful phrase.

Spring 2019

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The Fair Share of Billionaires

In order to address the eternal struggle over scarcity of resources, we need capitalists and billionaires. They are the providers of a better tomorrow.

Peace Through Plurality

Political, and even cultural, decentralization offers something for everyone. Most of all it offers an escape from the flailing attempts at homogenizing people who have irreconcilable desires that emanate from irreconcilable principles.

Our Great Difficulty: Reconstructing the Paradigm

To regain what we have lost in terms of liberty and cultural values, we must understand that these were lost because older paradigms were torn away by a Progressive revolution. The revolution, as Garet Garrett once noted in a different context, already took place. Yet unraveling it is not a simple undertaking.

Universal Libertarians

Libertarians ought to become more aware of the fact that our “thin” doctrine relating to the use of coercion cannot exist without a real social context. It must be applied within the setting of real communities of people. In that light, where do our allies lie?

Dispositions Beyond Our Libertarian Ideals

The conservative, says Kirk, in comparison to social tinkerers, “favors a reasoned and temperate progress; he opposes the abstract cult of Progress, which cult assumes that everything new necessarily is better than everything old.”

Liberty as a Result of Just Rights

There is an implicit divide between two constructions of libertarianism. On one hand, there are those that conceive of liberty as flowing from justice. On the other, justice flows from liberty.

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The Advancement of the Misesian-Rothbardian Framework

Welcome

The goal of this site is to advance the Austro-Libertarian tradition of economic and political thought, especially as it has been articulated by Ludwig von Mises, Murray Rothbard, and Hans-Hermann Hoppe. Additionally, separate from libertarianism technically defined, this site also tends to favor culturally traditional western mores and mannerisms in contrast with left-libertarianism.

For more, see the introductory and the afterward articles from the Spring Issue of the AL Magazine.

The phrase Austro-Libertarian has appeared often in the literature produced especially by those scholars nd theorists associated with the indispensable Mises Institute. It is an intentional attempt to express commitment to two distinct bodies of thought, both of which conclude that individual liberty based on private property is the key component and foundation for all civilization. They are two distinct bodies of thought because there are two different fields of study at play: the first being economics and the second being political philosophy.

Economics is the value free study of the implications of human action. Political theory is the value-laden study of the legitimate use of force in society.

The economics of the Austro-Libertarian is that of the tradition of the Austrian School of Economics. The Austrian School of economics refers to a certain “school of thought” in regards to economic theory that has its roots in the economic theorists who came out of Austria in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The Austrian School’s methodology of focusing on the implications of human beings acting purposefully to achieve their ends is the foundation of all its other contributions.

For example, Mises’ calculation argument against socialism and the Austrian Business Cycle Theory are ultimately built and depend upon the methodology. It is via the methodology that various economic laws are formulated. Economic laws for the Austrians are not discovered by data collection and empirical observation. This is because economic laws are to be built on economic theory. Any empirical testing that is done does not contribute to theory, but rather, to history. For more on the Austrian tradition, see this article.

The political theory of the Austro-Libertarian is libertarianism. Specifically, libertarianism in the tradition of Murray Rothbard. The definition of Rothbardianism is the legal theory (which has political ramifications) which holds that no man may initiate aggression, or threat to initiate aggression, against the property of another human being, lest he engage in criminal behavior. That is to say, under the libertarian legal theory, a criminal is defined as one who breaches the above described “Non-Aggression Principle.”

For the libertarian, that which is illegal is determined in terms of private property ownership and therefore not all things that may be categorized as immoral, unethical, sinful, and so on are necessarily criminal. For the Rothbardian, this principle of Non-Aggression is to be applied to all men, regardless of social rank– which of course applies to those in the role of social governance. Thus and therefore, the state itself is in systematic breach of this Non-Aggression norm. To the extent that “anarchism” means a lack of a state, Libertarians who take these principles to their logical conclusions are, as Rothbard phrased it, “anarcho-capitalists.”

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