Why I Am Not a Libertarian

  • I: The Dilemma of the Commons (June 23, 2007)
    A libertarian state cannot adequately manage the resources that by their very nature are held in common, leading to destructive spirals of overuse and exploitation.
  • II: Positive and Negative Liberty (July 16, 2007)
    The libertarian political philosophy has an impoverished conception of what freedom really means: true liberty is not simply the absence of restraint, but the ability to pursue one’s desires.
  • III: Opportunity and Obligation (July 26, 2007)
    The truest form of meritocracy is not the society which allows some to succeed and others to fail through accidents of circumstance, but one that uses its redistributive power to create an equal distribution of economic opportunity.