Graduate studies at Western
Social Theory and Practice 31 (4):465-482 (2005)
|Abstract||Liberals and libertarians have long debated the morality of redistributive labor taxation: liberals believe it is perfectly compatible with individual liberty; libertarians believe it is tantamount to slavery. I argue that this debate can be usefully reconstituted as one over the components of self-ownership, with liberals arguing for a narrow definition of the concept and libertarians arguing for a broad one. By using the language of ownership, I pinpoint the source of disagreement between them and assess the relative strength of their arguments. I also show that their respective definitions of self-ownership are deeply problematic, though for strikingly different reasons.|
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