Liberty

Liberty is a concept that our country was founded on.  Liberty is primarily freedom, primarily but not all.  What do you do if everyone is free?  Does everyone have unbridled freedom to do whatever they want to anyone else?  No.  We wouldn’t want a totally free society.  In a totally free society one is free to do anything:  to kill, to steal, to vandalize, etc.  That is why the term “Liberty” is used.  Liberty is freedom + morality.  It is the concept of how a free people interact with one another while yet respecting each others freedom.  Liberty is based on the concept of natural law and the following volume deals with this subject.

The Ethics of Liberty

In this volume, the reader is first familiarized with the concept of Natural Law theory.   Many do not realize this but; this is what our country was founded upon.  In fact, the Declaration of Independence is an assertion of this Natural Law.  After this ethical introduction, this work goes on to address numerous ethical issues, showing how liberty is in the right in every case. In the final two sections, the state’s role in society as inherently anti-liberty is enumerated and details of the structure of the alternate theories of liberty are brought to the fore. The word “ethics” in the title is not quite appropriate, since the author does not attempt to discuss matters of good and bad, right and wrong; what he does undertake to discuss is what kind of actions should be legally prohibited and why.  You can read it in PDF format HERE or you can listen to the audio version below.

 

Part 1 – Natural Law and Reason – Download the MP3.

 

Part 2 – Natural Law as ‘Science’ – Download the MP3.

 

Part 3 – Natural Law versus Positive Law – Download the MP3.

 

Part 4 – Natural Law and Natural Rights – Download the MP3.

 

Part 5 – The Task of Political Philosophy – Download the MP3.

 

Part 6 – A Crusoe Social Philosophy – Download the MP3.

 

Part 7 – Interpersonal Relations: Voluntary Exchange – Download the MP3.

 

Part 8 – Interpersonal Relations: Ownership and Aggression – Download the MP3.

 

Part 9 – Property and Criminality – Download the MP3.

 

Part 10 – The Problem of Land Theft – Download the MP3.

 

Part 11 – Land Monopoly, Past and Present – Download the MP3.

 

Part 12 – Self-Defense – Download the MP3.

 

Part 13 – Punishment and Proportionality – Download the MP3.

 

Part 14 – Children and Rights – Download the MP3.

 

Part 15 – “Human Rights” as Property Rights – Download the MP3.

 

Part 16 – Knowledge, True and False – Download the MP3.

 

Part 17 – Bribery – Download the MP3.

 

Part 18 – The Boycott – Download the MP3.

 

Part 19 – Property Rights and the Theory of Contracts – Download the MP3.

 

Part 20 – Lifeboat Situations – Download the MP3.

 

Part 21 – The “Rights” of Animals – Download the MP3.

 

Part 22 – The Nature of the State – Download the MP3.

 

Part 23 – The Inner Contradictions of the State – Download the MP3.

 

Part 24 – The Moral Status of Relations to the State – Download the MP3.

 

Part 25 – On Relations Between States – Download the MP3.

 

Part 26 – Utilitarian Free-Market Economics – Download the MP3.

 

Part 27 – Isaiah Berlin on Negative Freedom – Download the MP3.

 

Part 28 – F.A. Hayek and The Concept of Coercion – Download the MP3.

 

Part 29 – Robert Nozick and the Immaculate Conception of the State – Download the MP3.

 

Part 30 – Toward a Theory of Strategy for Liberty – Download the MP3.