Philosophy

observations and prescriptions

Observations vs. Prescriptions

"Just because the observations are correct does not mean that the prescriptions will automatically be correct as well. It’s the difference between the facts and the arguments," writes Killian Hobbs in this week's Bad Arguments
Bottom unity

Bottom Unity & The Libertarian Movement

Often we’ll hear about the concepts of “Right unity” or “left unity” as a way to express putting aside the differences between the libertarian...
hate the poor

“You Hate The Poor!” No, We Don’t

Whenever we start to discuss economics with the left, or even some self-declared centrists, we will hear the accusation that supporting the principles of...
cops are bastards

All Cops Are Bastards? No

From a very young age, we are led to believe that police and law enforcement, in general, are there to help us. Being one...
education

Private Education: The Key to Educating the Poor

This article was initially posted on The Principled Libertarian. We received permission from the author to re-post the content here. Please visit The Principled...
NAP

The NAP Argument

I was initially worried about tackling this one for fear of being attacked or shunned for not being a “real” libertarian for daring to...
violence

“Voting Is Violence”

When we are attempting to explain why the government is a generally negative entity, especially in its current form, often it boils down to...
Necessary Evil

On The Topic Of Necessary Evil

A phrase that gets a lot of use when we talk about the government or certain ills that are part of the various mechanisms...
lock your door

“Don’t You Lock Your Door?”

"In my personal opinion, there have been valid and consideration-worthy arguments from both sides...Both sides have their talking points, each of which carries its own weight. The “lock your door” argument is not among them."
drunk driving

We Need To Talk About The Drunk Driving Arguments

"The legalization of drunk driving itself is a C class problem at best and, if one is looking to convince people outside of libertarian circles, it is not the debate we need to be having. Debating the licensing system itself, or perhaps the state ownership of all roads would be a good place to start instead." Writes Killian Hobbs in this week's Bad Arguments.

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social contract

Consent or Perish! The Social Contract Issue

"There are three primary forms of consent: implied, verbal, and written. Social contract theory relies on the former of the three forms to function."
Amash

Who Can Defeat Trump? It’s Not the Democrats.

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deadweight loss

Deadweight Loss: The Hidden Tax

"Deadweight loss occurs when something intervenes in the market and shifts the equilibrium price. Price ceilings, price floors, tariffs, and other externalities can create these pockets."