A Biography of Jean-Baptiste Say

J.B. Say: The Forgotten Early Austrian by Larry Sechrest Beyond some rudimentary facts, very little is available in English about the life of J.B. Say.1 He was born in Lyons, France, to middle-class Huguenot parents, and spent most of his early years in Geneva and London. As a young man, he returned to France in the […]

Toward a Libertarian Theory of Guilt and Punishment for the Crime of Statism

TOWARD A LIBERTARIAN THEORY OF GUILT AND PUNISHMENT FOR THE CRIME OF STATISM WALTER BLOCK THIS PAPER IS AN attempt to combine the insights of Van Creveld (1999) concerning statism with libertarian theory in order to forge a theory of justified punishment for the crime of engaging in statist, governmental or other gangster activity.   […]

The Territorial Assumption: Rationale for Conquest

THE TERRITORIAL ASSUMPTION: RATIONALE FOR CONQUEST CARL WATNER Justice being taken away, then, what are kingdoms but great robberies? —St. Augustine, The City of God, Book IV, Chapter IV THE CLASSIC DEFINITION OF the State involves two elements: a coercive monopolization of defense services over a given geographic area, and the imposition of coercive revenue […]

A Biography of Roy A. Childs Jr.

The Story of Roy A. Childs Jr. (1949–1992) [Transcribed from the Libertarian Tradition podcast episode “Roy Childs, Jr.”] Roy Alan Childs Jr. was born January 4, 1949, in Buffalo, New York. Had he lived, he would have turned 62 years old about two weeks ago. He once told his close friend Joan Kennedy Taylor that he first became interested in […]

Austrian Economics and Libertarianism

Walter Block, an Austrian school economist and anarcho-libertarian philosopher, is Harold E. Wirth Eminent Scholar Chair in Economics and professor of economics at Loyola University New Orleans and senior fellow with the Ludwig von Mises Institute. He is the author of the books Defending the Undefendable, Labor Economics From A Free Market Perspective, Economics and […]

Libertarianism and Humility

   On August 14, 1990, at the International Society for Individual Liberty’s 5th World Libertarian Conference, Milton Friedman took a step back from the details of public policy issues and discussed basic libertarian beliefs and values. “I have no right to coerce someone else,” he said, “because I cannot be sure that I’m right and […]