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Competition and Cooperation
In the economic sense of the term, competition refers to the incentive to better appease a multiplicity of demands, and cooperation refers to the most efficient and ethical means of meeting such demands. An individual's demands are better met through...
The Distribution of Power
In modern political jargon, conservatives are associated with the concept of "small government" or "limited government". If this is interpreted to refer to the degree of government power there is , historically conservatives have not...
Left-Libertarianism
I consider myself a left-libertarian. To avoid any confusion over what this may imply, I fully support private property, voluntary exchange, money, rent, employment, and so on (or more strictly speaking, I don't advocate their abolition). And I completely...
Does Social Evolution Necessitate Decentralization?
Social evolution can be thought of in terms of increased complexity . Simple forms of organization are uniliteral and homogenous, while more complexity in an organizational structure implies pluralism . Increased plurality, combined with a finite number...
The Paradox of "State's Rights"
One of the most well known American legal traditions is state's rights. State's rights is essentially the idea that each individual state should retain its sovereignty or independance from the federal government. The idea is that each state may...
Organization and Conflict: Free Association vs. Politics
Free association and competition resolves conflict while politics, especially democratic politics, enables and ultimately depends on conflict. All disagreements between people about how to organize can theoretically be resolved through free association...
PaleoConservaNationalistTarians
There has been a lot of hooting and hollering lately in libertarian circles, particularly as it relates to the Ron Paul campaign. This seems to be representative of a broader conflict between "culturally left" and "culturally conservative"...
Checks and Balances: Two Kinds
Checks and balances should be a fairly familiar concept to Americans. The standard definition of checks and balances is that the state must be broken up into multiple segments that function as checks against eachother's power and perform different...