Category Archives: Philosophy & Political Theory

Peter Vallentyne “Left Libertarianism: A Primer”

One of the central differences between “left” and “right” libertarianism is the status of natural resources and land.  What justification can be given for, and what restrictions placed upon, original acquisition?  This book chapter is a nice overview of left … Continue reading

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David Hume

One of the best critiques of social contract theory: Of The Original Contract.

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Plato

Apology.  Socrates argues for his character, and ultimately his life, in front of an Athenian jury.  He is charged with being “a doer of evil who corrupts the youth; and who does not believe in the gods of the state, … Continue reading

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Plato

Crito.  Socrates argues he is obligated not to escape from prison because he owes everything to Athens and he could have left but did not.  This creates a contractual obligation for Socrates to carry out the punishment he accepted:  Death. … Continue reading

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Acton

“The History of Freedom in Antiquity” In this piece Acton talks about ideas, not legislation.  Acton identifies the meaning of liberty and then proceeds to argue that with the ancients “rights secured by equal laws and by sharing power existed … Continue reading

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