What Libertarianism Is

Originally Published at Mises.org Property, Rights, and Liberty Libertarians tend to agree on a wide array of policies and principles. Nonetheless, it is not easy to find consensus on what libertarianism's defining characteristic is, or on what distinguishes it from other political theories and systems. Various formulations abound. It is said that libertarianism is about… Continue reading What Libertarianism Is


Kinsella Destroys Mutualism

In my contribution What Libertarianism Is in the Hoppe Festschrift, Property, Freedom and Society, I included a very long footnote (23) critiquing the mutualist “occupancy” view of property rights and, specifically, Kevin Carson’s contention that this is compatible with libertarianism. An edited excerpt from the article on this issue is provided below. Why is appropriation the relevant link… Continue reading Kinsella Destroys Mutualism

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Covenant Communities Explained

As Guido Hülsmann and I observe in our Introduction to Property, Freedom, and Society: Essays in Honor of Hans-Hermann Hoppe (Mises Institute, 2009), Professor Hans-Hermann Hoppe is without a doubt one of the most important libertarian scholars of our time: “He has made pioneering contributions to sociology, economics, philosophy, and history. He is the dean… Continue reading Covenant Communities Explained