Natural Rights and the Moral Foundations of Libertarianism Part 2

by  GEORGE H. SMITH Part Two: JUNE 4, 2013 In Part 1 of this series, I discussed how many of the works on international law, especially those published during the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, provided the infrastructure for a libertarian theory of rights. (This was called the “law of nations” in its early stages; the word “international” […]

Neoconservatism Versus Libertarianism Part 2

In 1971, Irving Kristol—the “godfather” of neoconservatism—published an article in the New York Times Magazine: “Pornography, Obscenity, and the Case for Censorship.” This article holds a special place in my memory, because it was the subject of a ferocious argument, in 1974, that I had with Roy Childs, one of the most influential figures in the […]

Neoconservatism Versus Libertarianism Part 1

“If you ever read a sentence that starts with ‘Neocons believe,’ there is a 99.44 percent chance that everything else in that sentence will be untrue.” So wrote the neoconservative columnist David Brooks in a New York Times op-ed (January 2004).   Many “neoconservatives” – a label coined in 1973 by the socialist Michael Harrington to express […]