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Libertarianism : For and Against - Tibor R. Machan


For and Against


Published: 15th August 2013
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Libertarianism: For and Against offers dueling perspectives on the scope of legitimate government. Tibor R. Machan, a well-known political philosopher with libertarian convictions, argues for a minimal government devoted solely to protecting individual rights to life, liberty, and property. Stressing the sovereignty of each individual, Machan argues in favor of limiting democracy's scope and against the redistribution of wealth, or any other sort of taxation. In opposition to libertarianism, philosopher Craig Duncan defends democratic liberalism, which aims to ensure that all citizens have fair access to a life of dignity. This requires measures to protect equality of opportunity, as well as measures to ensure all have access to a decent minimum standard of living. In a dynamic exchange of arguments, critiques, and rebuttals, the two philosophers cut to the heart of this important debate, articulating and defending competing conceptions of such core values as political freedom and equality.

The case for libertarianism: sovereign individuals / Tibor R. Machan -- The errors of libertarianism / Craig Duncan -- Fairness--or equality--is no imperative / Tibor R. Machan -- Democratic liberalism: the politics of dignity / Craig Duncan -- The follies of democratic "liberalism" / Tibor R. Machan -- Democratic liberalism defended / Craig Duncan.

ISBN: 9780742568693
ISBN-10: 0742568695
Format: ePUB
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 136
Published: 15th August 2013
Publisher: University Press of America
Edition Number: 1