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Anti-libertarianism : Markets, philosophy and myth - Alan Haworth


Markets, philosophy and myth

Paperback Published: 23rd June 1994
ISBN: 9780415082549
Number Of Pages: 168

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Free marketeers claim that theirs is the only economic mechanism which respects and furthers human freedom. Socialism, they say, has been thoroughly discredited. Most libertarians treat the state in anything other than its minimal, 'nightwatchman' form as a repressive embodiment of evil. Some reject the state altogether.
But is the 'free market idea' a rationally defensible belief? Or do its proponents fail to examine the philosophical roots of their so-called freedom? Anti-libertarianism takes a sceptical look at the conceptual tenets of free market politics. Alan Haworth argues that libertarianism is little more than an unfounded, quasi-religious statement of faith: a market romance. Moreover, libertarianism is exposed as profoundly antithetical to the very freedom which it purports to advance.
This controversial book is for anyone interested in the cultural and political impact of free market policies on the modern world. It will be invaluable to students and specialists of political and economic theory, social science and philosophy.

Industry Reviews

"A lively and engaging imminent critique of "economic libertarianism . . . if there were any lingering plausibility in the view that a free market rooted in individual property rights maximizes individual liberty, Haworth puts a final nail in the libertarian coffin." -Alan Wertheimer, University of Vermont

Preface and Acknowledgementsp. ix
p. 1
Libertarianism - Anti-Libertarianismp. 3
Market Romances Ip. 6
Reducibility, Freedom, the Invisible Handp. 12
Market Romances IIp. 32
On Freedomp. 38
The Legend of the Angels and the Fable of the Beesp. 58
p. 65
Moralising the Marketp. 67
Rights, Wrongs and Rhetoricp. 72
Visions of Valhallap. 94
p. 105
The Good Fairy's Wandp. 107
Hayek and the Hand of Fatep. 115
Conclusions and Postscriptp. 130
Notesp. 134
Bibliographyp. 143
Indexp. 147
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ISBN: 9780415082549
ISBN-10: 0415082544
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 168
Published: 23rd June 1994
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.59 x 13.97  x 0.99
Weight (kg): 0.22
Edition Number: 1