Against Libertarian Brutalism: The Freedom to Love and to Hate

Why should we favor human liberty over a social order ruled by power? In providing the answer, I would suggest that libertarians can generally be divided into two camps: humanitarians and brutalists. The humanitarians are drawn to reasons such as Continue reading Against Libertarian Brutalism: The Freedom to Love and to Hate

Why Aren’t There More Terrorist Attacks Like the One in London? | RAND

As many saw following the recent London Bridge terror attack in which seven people were killed and more than 50 injured, running over pedestrians requires little preparation or skill. Vehicles are readily available. So are knives and machetes, and in Continue reading Why Aren’t There More Terrorist Attacks Like the One in London? | RAND

The Right to Life is The Right to Self Interest of The Individual

As I’ve shown in various articles as well as in Loving Life, and as Ayn Rand illustrated in myriad articles and books before me, a social system that recognizes and protects individual rights thereby legalizes the practice of egoism. To defend the former, Continue reading The Right to Life is The Right to Self Interest of The Individual

The Psychology of Liberty: Freedom is Good for People

Libertarians have sometimes disdained psychology. Murray Rothbard is the most obvious example.1 But others have also poo-pooed psychology because they imagine that psychological research is based on arbitrary and unsound ideas and unreliable research.  But that hasn’t been true since Continue reading The Psychology of Liberty: Freedom is Good for People

Liberty is Required for Pursuit of Happiness

Libertarians and others have wondered why Thomas Jefferson’s Declaration of Independence concludes its explicitly incomplete list of unalienable rights with the pursuit of happiness rather than property. The website Monticello.org states, Unfortunately, Thomas Jefferson himself never explained his use of Continue reading Liberty is Required for Pursuit of Happiness