Governing least : a New England libertarianism / Dan Moller.
Förlag: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 978-0-19-086324-1 0-19-086324-2
Omfång: vi, 326 sidor ; 25 cm
In this major new defense of libertarianism, Dan Moller urges that critics and supporters alike have neglected the strongest arguments for the theory. It is often assumed that libertarianism depends on thinking that property rights are absolute, or on fetishizing individual liberty. Moller argues that, on the contrary, the foundations of libertarianism can be found in widely shared, everyday moral beliefs-particularly in strictures against shifting our burdens onto others. The core of libertarianism, on this interpretation, lies not in an exaggerated sense of our rights against other people, but in modesty about what we can demand from them.0The book then connects these philosophical arguments with related work in economics, history, and politics. The result is a wide-ranging discussion in the classical liberal tradition that defies narrow academic specialization. Among the questions Moller addresses are how to think about private property in a service economy, whether libertarians should support reparations for slavery, what the history of capitalism tells us about free markets, and what role political correctness plays in shaping policy debates.
Property -- Morality and the state -- Libertarianism : a classic argument revisited -- Property as a moral phenomenon -- Property as a constraint on the state -- Property and the creation of value -- Aid -- Markets -- Morality and markets -- Luck and opportunity -- Wealth, disability and happiness -- The epistemology of popularity and incentives -- History -- Justice and the wealth of nations I -- Justice and the wealth of nations II -- Reparations, history and Nietzsche -- Theory and practice -- Dilemmas of political correctness -- Utopia and the real world.