Foundations of Libertarian Ethics

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06/30/2006Roderick T. Long

Does libertarianism require widespread acceptance of certain cultural values? One end of the spectrum says yes [thick libertarianism]. The other end says libertarianism does not require any other set of values except the non-aggression principle – the right not to have force initiated against them [thin libertarianism].

Long argues that the essential core of libertarianism is non-aggression, but that other elements can be part of libertarianism without being essential. An argument against thick libertarianism is that the liberty goal can lose out to helping the masses goal – a danger that one might focus on one thing and drop the other.

The ninth of ten lectures from the Foundations of Libertarian Ethics seminar with Roderick T. Long.

Culture and Liberty | Roderick T. Long

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