The Libertarian Idea

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Broadview Press, Mar 5, 2001 - Political Science - 367 pages
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Libertarianism is both a philosophy and a political view. The key concepts defining Libertarianism are: Individual Rights as inherent to human beings, not granted by government; a Spontaneous Order through which people conduct their daily interactions and through which society is organized independent of central (government) direction; the Rule of Law which dictates that everyone is free to do as they please so long as they do not infringe upon the rights of others; a Divided and Limited Government, checked by written constitution; Free Markets in which price and exchange is agreed upon mutually by individuals; Virtue of Production whereby the productive labour of the individual and any translation of that labour into earnings belongs, by right, to the individual who should not have to sacrifice those earnings to taxes; and Peace which has, throughout history, most commonly been disrupted by the interests of the ruling class or centralized government.
 

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A very clear, thoughtful and thorough reflection on Libertarianism by a leader in anarcho-capitalist thinking/writing. A fascinating and persuasive read. Would be advisable (imo) to follow up with ... Read full review

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Contents

Prologue The Knock at the Door
3
Liberty
13
Negative versus Positive
22
Two Conceptions of Liberty as a Social Concern
32
Rights
41
Liberty and Property
62
Initial Acquisition
79
Property Rights Concluded
94
Libertarianism and Reality What Does Libertarianism
185
The State
207
Redistribution
232
Insurance Arguments and the Welfare State
245
The Problem of Children
269
Freedom and Information
275
The Public and Its Spaces
297
Defense and International Relations
321

Introduction
105
Morality
122
Contractarianism
131
The Logic of Contractarianism
148
Contractarianism to Libertarianism?
154
Epilogue Reflections on Libertarianism
327
Notes
339
Bibliography
355
Index
363
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Jan Narveson is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Waterloo.

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