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Libertarianism, from A to Z

Jeffrey A. Miron

Libertarianism, from A to Z

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Published by Basic Books in New York .
Written in English

    Subjects:
  • Libertarianism,
  • Philosophy,
  • Dictionaries,
  • Liberty

  • About the Edition

    Libertarian principles seem basic enough: keep government out of boardrooms, bedrooms, and wallets, and let markets work the way they should. But what reasoning justifies those stances, and how can they be elucidated clearly and applied consistently? In Libertarianism, from A to Z, acclaimed Harvard economist Jeffrey Miron sets the record straight with a dictionary that takes the reader beyond the mere surface of libertarian thought to reveal the philosophy"s underlying and compelling logic. Tackling subjects as diverse as prostitution and drugs, the financial crises and the government bailouts, the legality of abortion, and the War on Terror, Miron takes the reader on a tour of libertarian thought. He draws on consequentialist principles that balance the costs and benefits of any given government intervention, emphasizing personal liberty and free markets. Miron never flinches from following those principles to their logical and sometimes controversial ends. Along the way, readers get a charming and engaging lesson in how to think like a libertarian.

    Edition Notes

    First published: 2010.

    StatementJeffrey A. Miron
    Classifications
    LC ClassificationsJC585 .M7812 2011
    The Physical Object
    Paginationxix, 198 p.
    Number of Pages198
    ID Numbers
    Open LibraryOL27131961M
    ISBN 100465025072
    ISBN 109780465025077
    OCLC/WorldCa720168305

    Rather than trying to maximize profit, however, government agents are thought to be aiming at re-election in the case of elected officials or maintenance or expansion of budget and influence in the case of bureaucrats. Argues that the growth of welfare in s and s America worsened the lot of poor and minority citizens, largely by eroding their incentive and ability to take responsibility for their lives. In other words, assuming we are talking about mentally-able individuals, no person can make their life better by reducing the liberty of another person. Freedom leads to social harmony.

    But this leaves a host of difficult questions unaddressed. An accessible primer on public choice theory, with special focus on its implications for advocates of limited government. Mitchell, W. Hence, many conclude that the only way to minimize the problems of political power is to minimize the scope of political power itself by subjecting as few areas of life as possible to political regulation. Quantitatively important policies receive greater scrutiny than policies that, however ill-conceived, do not affect many people. However, doing this through involuntary taxation is theft of property.

    Kukathas eds. Murray, C. Shapiro, D. Nozick, R. Social norms that are chosen by free individuals and survive competition from competing norms without being maintained by coercion are, for that reason, worthy of respect even if we are not consciously aware of all the reasons that the institution has survived.


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Libertarianism, from A to Z book

This approach differs from the brand of libertarianism called philosophical, or rights-based, which invokes particular principles about liberty or property rights as the basis for choosing between policies see consequential versus philosophical libertariansm.

But unlike the theocratic visionaries, the pie-in-the-sky socialist utopians, or the starry-eyed Mr. Additionally, some libertarians use the term " libertarian socialist " to avoid anarchism's negative connotations and emphasize its connections with socialism.

Each entry is meant to be self-contained, but all of the entries rely upon pursuing the same logical course one of the key aspects of libertarianism is its consistency in applying a skeptical view to all policies and ideas that arise in one area spill over to others.

Nagel, T. It requires that each person gets a fair share—whether that is defined as an equal share, a share sufficient for living a good life, or something else. Sanctions might slow Iran's nuclear development a bit, but since both Russia and China are not really on board with sanctions, this effect will be minimal.

Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, []. As a result, some political scientists and writers classify the forms of libertarianism into two or more groups [3] [4] to distinguish libertarian views on the nature of property and capital.

Traditionalist Consequentialism The quantitative utilitarians are often both rationalist and radical in their approach to social reform.

For example, the view that war is immoral is really a consequential conclusion that war causes death and destruction without beneficial impacts that outweigh the harms.

From A to Z book, most people would not voluntarily pay for national defense provided by a private group, so it is hard for such an activity to be profitable enough to induce adequate private provision. Thus Athens was a free polity because all the citizens—that is, all the free, adult, Athenian men—could go to the public square and participate in the decision-making process.

Essentially, he argues that individuals have rights not to be subject to the risk of rights-violation, and that the dominant protection agency may legitimately prohibit the protective activities of its competitors on grounds that their procedures involve the imposition of risk.

Though they make the most sense in sequence, feel free to read and watch them in whatever order most interests you; each should stand on its own just fine. Some worry that the libertarian approach leaves no room for considerations of morality or social justice, but this concern is misplaced.

Governments might use taxation and coercion for the provision of public goods, or to prevent other sorts of market failures like monopolies. The reason utilitarian libertarians support free exchange is that, they argue, it tends to allocate resources into the hands of those who value them most, and in so doing to increase the total amount of utility in society.

First, consequentialist arguments seem unlikely to lead one to full-fledged libertarianism, as opposed to more moderate forms of classical liberalism. Individuals need not settle their reasonable disagreements regarding moral issues in order to agree upon a framework for political association; and libertarianism, with its robust toleration of individual differences, seems well-suited to serve as the principle for such a framework Barnett The book is offered, not as an original work of philosophy, but rather as an attempt to delineate the major positions on which most Libertarians would agree -- and to answer many of the objections and questions with which Libertarians have to contend.

Without the help of my parents,friends and professors I would not be where I am today. He switched over to be libertarian,because of two words: Richard Nixon.

In most instances of preemptive attack, however, the threat is not obvious, undeniable, or imminent. Two main categories of argument, however, have been especially influential.The title is deceiving: this is not really a dictionary of libertarianism or even really a standard approach to libertarian thought.

It is more of a bathroom book that briefly explains in short sections what Miron, a Harvard economist with most research in drug legalization, sees as libertarian policy solutions to common policy questions/5. Libertarianism (from Latin: libertas, meaning "freedom"), or libertarism (from French: libertaire, meaning "libertarian"), is a collection of political philosophies and movements that uphold liberty as a core principle.

Libertarians seek to maximize political freedom and autonomy, emphasizing freedom of choice, voluntary association and individual judgement. The Encyclopedia of Libertarianism (), ed. by Ronald Hamowy (HTML at atlasbowling.com) Filed under: Libertarianism -- Fiction.

Freehold, by Michael Z. Willamson (multiple formats at Baen Free Library) Filed under: Libertarianism -- Periodicals. Instead of a Book, By a Man Too Busy to Write One (based on the second edition, ).

Walter Block’s new book Toward a Libertarian Society covers a wide variety of topics from the death penalty to secession, and from war to macroeconomics. Dr. Block recently spoke with the Mises Institute about just a few of these.

Libertarianism, from A to Z

Mises Institute: You say in your book that it is a contradiction in terms to be both libertarian and to be for an aggressive foreign policy. Jun 03,  · Useful predominantly as a reference for libertarian views on various topics, Libertarianism from A to Z suffers from an encyclopedic layout where, instead of being narrative, it takes each issue alphabetically and discusses them from a libertarian point of atlasbowling.com by: 5.

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