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Ayn Rand’s Heroism

By Ryan Miller

Though I cannot claim to be an expert in the finer points of her philosophy, Objectivism, and will not try to explain it in detail here (though it is tellingly simple), I just wanted to bring notice to the root of the worldview of one of history’s strongest women—of the philosophy she [...]

Objectivism and Libertarianism: Enemies or Friends?

By Derek Magill

I’ve been asked to write a short article summarizing the key differences between Objectivism and Libertarianism. Ayn Rand famously called Libertarians “hippies of the right” but it is uncommon for people inside and outside the libertarian movement to know the fundamental differences, and at face value they often appear quite [...]

Why War?

This post originally appeared on FEE

By Bettina Bien Greaves

“There never was a good war or a bad peace.”—Benjamin Franklin in a letter to Josiah Quincy, September 11, 1773

At 7:55 A.M. Hawaii time on December 7, 1941, the first Japanese bombs fell on the U.S. Fleet at Pearl Harbor in Hawaii. At the time, [...]

The Key To The Whole Libertarian Business

By Will Porter

“I am getting more and more convinced that the war-peace question is the key to the whole libertarian business, and that we will never get anywhere in this great intellectual counter-revolution (or revolution) unless we can end this damned Cold War…

The fact that we might spend a few billion less on [...]

The Levellers

By Ryan Miller

Libertarianism is almost always thought to be a modern phenomenon. Obviously, this isn’t true, and libertarians can trace their intellectual ancestors back through the classical liberals, whigs, and even some conservative elements of British and American political history.

I’ll tip my hat to some notable Frenchmen like Bastiat and Tocqueville. [...]

Parliament vs. Monarchy: The Extension of Anarchy

By Ryan Miller

Amidst a turbulent and supercharged London Atmosphere in January 1642, a defiant King Charles I broke centuries of tradition and strode into a stunned meeting of the House of Commons. The agent he sent the previous day to arrest the five rabble rousing members of the Commons had been refused, [...]

Privatize The Roads

This post originally appeared on FEE

On an ill-timed and ill-fated trip during rush hour today, I was reminded of something I’ve wanted to write about: one of most practical reasons for having private ownership of roads. Moral and ethical reasons aside – and it could be strongly argued that using forcibly appropriated funds (i.e. [...]

Let The Market Do It

One of the largest environmental problems facing society towards the end of the 19th and early 20th centuries was one smelly thing. Horse manure.

As the populations and markets of cities exploded, the need for transportation did as well. At its height, New York City had 200,000 horses. They produced on average 35 [...]

Bad Criticisms of The Non Aggression Principle

Justin Pratt

“The NAP is dumb! It justifies X that I think is wrong! It doesn’t protect my arbitrary right to Y!”

In the presidential election of 2016, Gary Johnson, Austin Petersen, and Jon McAfee all expressed criticism or skepticism of the Non-Aggression Principle (NAP). This is odd because: a) the NAP is the fundamental [...]

Rights Don’t Come From Governments

Ryan Miller

With every new mass shooting, it seems that everyone on social media is some combination of a gun expert, Islam expert, terror expert, security expert, etc. That’s all well and good, and I am all for people having conversations about these kinds of things. I’m admittedly no expert in any of [...]