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Anarchism: Liberal Threat or Liberal Critique?

Anarchism: Liberal Threat or Liberal Critique?

Anarchists advance a simplistic, reductionistic political worldview that bulldozes nuance and fine distinctions. They obsess over a chimerical problem of consent and legitimacy at the expense of a more direct…

The Language of Cities

The Language of Cities

Population Density generates more resources for innovation…

Democracy and its Discontents

Democracy and its Discontents

Adrian Rutt reviews Ken Minogue’s The Servile Mind…

Social Democracy Has a Drug Problem

Social Democracy Has a Drug Problem

How can the theory of social democracy be refined to avoid outcomes like the War on Drugs…

Liberalism and Social Action: The Relevance of John Dewey

Liberalism and Social Action: The Relevance of John Dewey

If liberalism is to remain true to its commitment to freedom in all its forms, what we ought to regret is the damming up of individual expression as well as…

In Praise of Chains: How Public Choice Helps Us Understand and Fight Racism

In Praise of Chains: How Public Choice Helps Us Understand and Fight Racism

Everybody likes democracy, provided we collectively forget about the times when democracy delivers bad policies…

Gender as Art

Gender as Art

An account of gender essentialism, gender constructivism, and a proposed alternative: gender expressivism…

The Great Nope

The Great Nope

A look at how conservatism has degraded in a very short period from representing the party of ideas to vulgar Breitbartism…

Democracy Strikes Back

Democracy Strikes Back

In this essay I will argue that democracy is consistent with the essential requirements of a liberal government and that democracy is ethically and even epistemically superior to a close…

Not Against Democracy

Not Against Democracy

Libertarians have long harbored reservations about democracy, and some of their concerns have lately won mainstream attention…