An Attack on the Realm: A Review of In Defence of the Realm by David Conway

Journal of Libertarian Studies 20 (3): 81-89 (2006)

5 Pages Posted: 8 Nov 2019

Date Written: 2006

Abstract

This book has many arguments doing an excellent job of dismantling the positions of those who would have the state do considerably more than defend the national realm. Thus far, it is hard for me to fault it—which is more difficult when one is already in agreement: the ideologically opposed can often provide more useful criticisms. But, as the book‟s title indicates, it does not go all the way to anarcho-liberalism (in fact, it does not even fully embody certain basic tenets of classical liberalism). And as its criticisms of anarcho-liberalism—or private-property anarchy—are those to which I am ideologically opposed, I shall mainly concentrate on those.

Keywords: nationalism, classical liberalism, libertarianism

Suggested Citation

Lester, J. C., An Attack on the Realm: A Review of In Defence of the Realm by David Conway (2006). Journal of Libertarian Studies 20 (3): 81-89 (2006) , Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3478229 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3478229

J. C. Lester (Contact Author)

London School of Economics ( email )

Houghton Street
London, WC2A 2AE
United Kingdom

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