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Marxism and the Incentive Problem

In this short excerpt from his essay in the forthcoming summer issue of the AL Magazine, Calton places Marxism in its historical context within the greater development of socialist thought.

Two Visions of Liberty

The liberty label is employed, even in libertarian circles, by people with widely distinct social outlooks.

On Leftism and Rightism, Part 2

On the libertarian factions and why they are so heated. Their differences lay in their social outlooks, more than their definition of libertarianism.

The Economic Phenomenon of Wages

Capitalists are not the originators of the phenomenon of profits, they are the originators of the phenomenon of wages!

Marxism and the Incentive Problem

In this short excerpt from his essay in the forthcoming summer issue of the AL Magazine, Calton places Marxism in its historical context within the greater development of socialist thought.

Two Visions of Liberty

The liberty label is employed, even in libertarian circles, by people with widely distinct social outlooks.

On Leftism and Rightism, Part 2

On the libertarian factions and why they are so heated. Their differences lay in their social outlooks, more than their definition of libertarianism.

The Economic Phenomenon of Wages

Capitalists are not the originators of the phenomenon of profits, they are the originators of the phenomenon of wages!

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Against Binary History

Untethering people from the past creates not empty vessels, waiting to be filled with virtue, but rootless individuals, filled with the the innate frailties of man.

On Leftism and Rightism, Part 1

On the differences between rightism and leftism and how libertarianism relates to these distinct frameworks of social interpretation.

Multiculturalism and the Politics of Guilt

We now live in a “Sensitized World.” Not sufficiently displaying public niceties or speaking in a sensitive manner about politically protected groups is the new social sin.

How We Got Here

The War for the Greater Middle East is not enhancing American freedom, abundance, and security. If anything, it is having the opposite effect. One day the American people may awaken to this reality. Then and only then will the war end.

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.

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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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