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Conly’s Argument Against Autonomy

Yesterday I responded to one of Sarah Conly’s critiques of moral perfectionism, but I mentioned she provides useful objections to stringent libertarianism. Shortly after I posted this, Steven wrote a provocative analysis of some current libertarian politicking. In the spirit of continuing a criticism of anarcho-capitalism, here is Conly’s argument in a nutshell: I argue […]

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Augustine and his Gang of Pirates

If any theologian in church history could truly be said to contain multitudes, it would be the great bishop of Hippo. But an anarcho-libertarian is probably not among the residents of Augustine’s mind. Or at least, so argues Elizabeth Stoker Bruenig: Both the state and property therefore have positive moral contributions to make to human […]

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On Vulgar Libertarianism

The Center for a Stateless Society, a self-proclaimed “Left Wing Anarchist Think Tank & Media Center,” quotes writer Kevin Carson on what is dubbed “conflationism” or “vulgar libertarianism”: Vulgar libertarian apologists for capitalism use the term “free market” in an equivocal sense: they seem to have trouble remembering, from one moment to the next, whether they’re […]

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Trading Rand for Röpke

Joel J. Miller believes that Christian economics has more to learn from Wilhelm Röpke than it does from Ayn Rand. Contrasting the two he writes, “…unlike Rand, Röpke grounded his critique of socialism and his defense of free markets in a thoroughly Christian understanding of man and his world.” Mr. Miller points out that Röpke carried out […]

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Christians and the Common Good

Dr Paul Brink offers excellent advice to American conservatives (not our favorite word, but we know what he means), who are more and more obviously disoriented. While we would differ from his peculiarly Neo-Calvinist account of the State, which makes of it a sort of policeman rather than a State and makes it difficult to […]