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A Libertarian Argument for the Basic Income Guarantee

Jason Kuznicki forgot to remind us, but he’s doing his usual bang-up job at Cato Unbound, the latest issue of which features Matt Zwolinski making a pragmatic libertarian case for the basic income guarantee (BIG). Zwolinski argues that even if the BIG isn’t satisfactory to libertarian purists, it can hardly help but be more satisfactory…

At My Real Job: Targeted Killing and the Rule of Law

This month’s Cato Unbound features a lead essay by Ryan Alford of Ave Maria School of Law. It asks a very important question: When can the executive, acting alone, lawfully kill a citizen? The two obvious tries, “whenever it wants” and “never” are both clearly inadequate, and we’re left to figure out a big, difficult,…

Homogenization and the State

“In some ways, the ‘night watchman’ state — the state that enables civil society to develop and function without distortions imposed by roving bandits, local notables, and its own functionaries, but that also is content to simply sit back and watch civil society — is the most powerful and unlikely state of all.” ~ J.…

Bernstein on Discrimination and Liberty

If you’re not reading Cato Unbound — also known as my real job — you should be. Here’s David Bernstein, offering some new thinking on the old debate between property rights and nondiscrimination: Historically, many of the leading advocates of civil rights for African Americans in the late 19th and early 20th century—for example, Moorfield…

Patrick J. Deneen at Cato Unbound

Georgetown University’s Patrick J. Deneen opens this month’s Cato Unbound talking about one of our frequent conversation topics, Phillip Blond and his Red Tory synthesis: [L]iberal anthropology… underlies both the Left’s infatuation with the State as an agent of liberation, as well as the Right’s embrace of the Market as the primary engine of human…