The Calculus of Consent Revisited

17 Pages Posted: 8 Jul 2011

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Walter E. Block

Loyola University New Orleans - Joseph A. Butt, S.J. College of Business

Thomas DiLorenzo

Loyola University Maryland - The Joseph A. Sellinger, S.J. School of Business and Management

Date Written: July 6, 2011

Abstract

Buchanan and Tullock have a reputation as radical defenders of private property, markets, free enterprise, limited government and libertarianism. While this account is to some degree correct, the present paper shall argue that it is exaggerated. It will show that their supposed adherence to these doctrines and philosophies is at best a moderate, not a radical, one, because of numerous errors with respect to their theories of democracy, ruling class, constitutionalism, contract, voting, methodological individualism, and the relation between government and private enterprise.

Suggested Citation

Block, Walter E. and DiLorenzo, Thomas, The Calculus of Consent Revisited (July 6, 2011). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1880188 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1880188

Walter E. Block (Contact Author)

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Thomas DiLorenzo

Loyola University Maryland - The Joseph A. Sellinger, S.J. School of Business and Management ( email )

Baltimore, MD 21210
United States

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