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J. C. Lester
London School of Economics
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The general philosophical problem with most versions of libertarianism and how this essay will proceed. The specific problem with liberty explained by a thought-experiment. The abstract (non-propertarian and non-normative) theory of interpersonal liberty-in-itself as ‘the absence of interpersonal proactively-imposed constraints on want-satisfaction’, for short ‘no (proactive) impositions’. The liberty-maximisation theory solves the problems of theoretical clashes, defences, and rectifications without entailing libertarian consequentialism. The practical implications of instantiating liberty: three rules of liberty-in-practice 1) ultimate control of one’s body, 2) ultimate control of one’s used resources, 3) consensual interpersonal interactions and resources transfers. These rules are economically efficient. Private property and legal remedies are additional institutional aspects, but to which ‘proactive impositions’ then apply prima facie. Libertarian law is often mistaken for libertarianism. Moral explanations are a separate issue. The three main moral theories imply libertarianism, but it can be morally posited independently of them. Critical rationalism and its application. No empirical or argumentative support for theories. An ambiguity with ‘justification’. How the epistemology applies to the libertarian theory but remains separate in principle. Conclusion: there are further published explanations but this should be enough to generate useful criticism.
Keywords libertarianism  theory of liberty  critical rationalism  liberty  private property
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