Society and Culture

Thomas Sowell on “Atomistic” Libertarians

By Ben Lewis In a recent appearance on The Rubin Report, economist, social theorist and all around hero Thomas Sowell told host Dave Rubin that one of his only criticisms of the libertarian label is that “Libertarians seem to have this atomistic view of the world, which I think is completely unrealistic, because not only …

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Liberalism Round Two: Bionic Mosquito Edition

UPDATE: BM replied to this and I replied to his reply. ______________________________________ Bionic Mosquito offered interaction with my previous post on liberalism this morning. This was good. It gives me a chance to elaborate, to clarify. What other mosquito do you know of that opens up such tremendous opportunity? I share with my Bionic friend a …

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The Unique Importance of the Tory Anarchist

If ever there was a phrase that deserved more widespread repute in libertarian circles, it is the charming title “Tory Anarchist,” which Murray Rothbard— though not the first to apply it— gave to the likes of H.L. Mencken and Albert Nock in his book The Betrayal of the American Right. What he meant by this phrase, together with a case for its adoption today, are the themes of the present article.

The Memification of Hans Hoppe

This website exists as a humble attempt to promote and explain the Misesian-Rothbardian edifice, to the extent that I understand it and am able to effectively communicate it. With the sole exception of these two intellectual giants, the most able and profound defender of the Austro-Libertarian tradition is, without doubt, their disciple and principled advocated …

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Excerpts from Nisbet’s Prevalence of War

The best essay on war in the libertarian tradition is Rothbard’s War, Peace and the State. Another brilliant essay on the matter is Robert Nisbet’s conservative Prevalence of War, which was publish in his The Present Age. I recently read it for the first time in probably 3 years, still impressed by its sweeping insight and observation …

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Thin Libertarianism and Tory Anarchism

Often, the libertarian creed must be restated to self-described libertarians who do not understand the relationship between libertarianism qua political theory and extra-libertarian commitments related to social and cultural concerns. That is to say, as the libertarian movement moves further into a more popular position, there are many libertarians who popularize libertarianism without being precise …

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From the Ancien Regime to the Fabian Socialists and Beyond: The Rise of Statism

The End of the Old Order The 18th century marked a stunning challenge to the millennia of anti-individual and anti-liberty despotism, tyranny, and century-long economic stagnation.  Before this transitional era to the modern systems, societies were defined largely by the decision making power of the ruler in charge.  Such a ruler was especially susceptible to …

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