Libertarianism, postlibertarianism, and the welfare state: Reply to Friedman

Abstract

Jeffrey Friedman broaches a number of criticisms of Libertarianism as a conceptual basis for opposing the extensive modern welfare state, examining several variants and concluding that they are fundamentally unsupported. He opts for a ?consequentialist? view of foundations. Nevertheless, he thinks that the modem welfare state is subject to effective critique along such lines. But rational contractarian individualism works and does provide foundations for libertarianism, while ?consequentialism? is an ill?defined theory.that is quite unpromising for the proposed critique; nevertheless, Friedman's empirical and economic critique of the welfare state is valid.

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Jan Narveson
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Postlibertarianism is Not Libertarianism: Rejoinder to Nove.Jeffrey Friedman - 1992 - Critical Review: A Journal of Politics and Society 6 (4):605-609.

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