Monday, July 10, 2006
Posted by Glen Whitman at 8:01 PM
Via Marginal Revolution, I found this 2004 essay by Dan Klein on "Mere Libertarianism: Blending Hayek and Rothbard." This is closer than anything I've found to a description of my own view of libertarianism. Don't expect a foundational essay on, say, utilitarianism vs. deontology; that's not what it's about. Rather, Klein provides a useful way of thinking about liberty that is both clear (the virtue of Rothbard) and non-dogmatic (the virtue of Hayek). I highly recommend reading the whole thing -- but if you must skip to the best part, check out pages 23-26 (the section titled, "The Three Practical Limitations Diagramed").