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Consent of the Governed, Revisited

What gives some people the right to rule others? At least since John Locke’s time, the most common and seemingly compelling answer has been “the consent of the governed.” When the North American revolutionaries set out to justify their secession from the British Empire, they declared, among other things: “Governments are instituted among Men,…
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A Minarchist Take on the Proper Role of Government

Since my fellow columnist Desmond Jones, Jr. recently discussed the more anarcho-capitalist strain of libertarian thought, I thought it might be worth describing the other side of libertarianism, which is minarchism (or minimal statism). Both minarchism are anarcho-capitalism are completely legitimate forms of the liberty philosophy: we’re free to choose! You might even encounter a third […]

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