Property Rights, Coercion, and the Welfare State: The Libertarian Case for a Basic Income for All

The Independent Review, vol. 19, no. 4 (Spring 2015), pp. 515-529.

15 Pages Posted: 24 Mar 2015  

Matt Zwolinski

University of San Diego; University of San Diego School of Law

Date Written: March 24, 2015

Abstract

Many libertarians object to state-funded welfare systems because they think that the taxation necessary to fund such systems violates individual property rights. In this paper, I argue that the best libertarian defense of property rights actually supports a welfare state -- in particular, a universal basic income.

Keywords: Basic Income, Welfare State, Libertarianism, Property Rights, Coercion, Liberty, John Locke, Henry George, Lockean Proviso

Suggested Citation

Zwolinski, Matt, Property Rights, Coercion, and the Welfare State: The Libertarian Case for a Basic Income for All (March 24, 2015). The Independent Review, vol. 19, no. 4 (Spring 2015), pp. 515-529.. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2584433

Matt Zwolinski (Contact Author)

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HOME PAGE: http://www.sandiego.edu/~mzwolinski

University of San Diego School of Law ( email )

5998 Alcala Park
San Diego, CA 92110-2492
United States

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