How Abstract Liberty Relates to Private Property: A One-Page Outline
1 Pages Posted: 22 Oct 2020
Date Written: August 7, 2020
Libertarianism—and classical liberalism generally—presupposes (or entails) a specific, but implicit, conception of liberty. Imagine two lists of property-rights: one list is all those that are libertarian; the other list is all those that are not. What determines into which list a property-right is assigned? If libertarianism is really about liberty, then the determining factor must be whether the property-right fits what liberty is (in a sense more abstract than property). It greatly clarifies matters to have an explicit theory of this presupposed conception.
Keywords: liberty, libertarianism, eleutherology, private-property
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