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7940A Response to Matt Zwolinski’s “Libertarianism and Liberty” Essays on Libertarianism .org, J. C. Lester

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  • Dr Sean Gabb
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      A Response to Matt Zwolinski’s “Libertarianism and Liberty” Essays on Libertarianism.org
      J. C. Lester

      Philosophical Notes No. 88

      ISBN: 9781856376617
      ISSN 0267-7091 (print)
      ISSN 2042-2768 (online)

      An occasional publication of the Libertarian Alliance,
      Suite 35, 2 Lansdowne Row, Mayfair, London W1J 6HL

      © 2013: Libertarian Alliance; J.C. Lester

      J. C. Lester is a Senior Fellow with the Libertarian Alliance.
      He is a libertarian philosopher and author of Arguments for Liberty: a Libertarian Miscellany (University of Buckingham Press, 2011)
      and Escape from Leviathan: Libertarianism Without Justificationism, paperback (University of Buckingham Press, 2012).
      His magnum opus is A Dictionary of Anti-Politics: Liberty Expounded and Defended (forthcoming).



      Matt Zwolinski’s “libertarianism and liberty” essays are argued to have the following problems: taking libertarianism to be a “commitment” to the view that “liberty is the highest political value”; examining and rejecting the maximization of liberty without a libertarian theory of liberty; accepting a persuasive sense of “coercion”; misunderstanding liberty in the work place; conflating, to varying degrees, freedom of action and freedom from aggression and justice/rights/morals; focusing on logically possible clashes instead of practically possible congruence among utility, liberty, and justice—in particular, that “rule (preference-)utilitarianism” fits “rule libertarianism”; failing to distinguish liberty from license (and power) concerning slavery, and so-called “civil and democratic liberties” (and everything else); the idea that any coherent reference to a quantity of liberty requires precise cardinality; failing to see that the quantity of liberty has an inherently qualitative aspect; misunderstanding property as about limiting freedom; mistaking clashing Hobbesian freedom for non-clashing Lockean liberty; adopting G. A. Cohen’s confusion about freedom as the libertarian conception of freedom; assuming the—illogical—epistemology of “justification”; not realizing that both allowing and prohibiting pollution “aggresses” and so “aggressions” need to be minimized; the failure of all six of his reasons for rejecting the non-aggression principle. Continue reading → <http://libertarianalliance.wordpress.com/2013/06/22/a-response-to-matt-zwolinskis-libertarianism-and-liberty-essays-on-libertarianism-orgj-c-lester/#more-20078>

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