You are currently viewing the aggregator for the Distributed Republic reader blogs. You can surf to any author's blog by clicking on the link at the bottom of one of his/her posts. If you wish to participate, feel free to register (at the top of the right sidebar) and start blogging.

The main page of the blog can be found here.

The Fountainhead of Public Choice

Timothy Sandefur has a nice review of The Calculus of Consent by Buchanan and Tullock as part of his Libertarian Bookworm series.

Pertinax and Surfing

Tom W. Bell has two outstanding posts up at Agoraphilia. The first deals with the property rights of surfing. He gives a positive account of how ocean waves are initially homesteaded, used, transferred, and shared - rights that are enforced through social norms. Read more »

Kennedy’s Categorical Imperative

In the recent discussion, John T. Kennedy raises the spectre of the Prudent Predator - the individual who finds it profitable to violate rights without detection, or who finds it worthwhile to conspicuously violate rights at little cost to himself. In defending his view that the Prudent Predator can only be defeated by objective morality, JTK makes two fallacies. I point them out here because many people who espouse objective morality based on ethical egoism commonly make them. Read more »

Carnival of the Capitalists

The Spaceman Responds

Carnival of the Capitalists

The Libertarian Party: More Harm than Good?

John Ray argues that the Libertarian Party is a net negative in the quest for liberty.


Due to massive comment spam received this weekend, I have been trying to install the Captcha plugin for MT. Unfortunately, I am computer illiterate and the security code is showing up as a red X, instead of as a picture. A side effect of this is that nobody can post comments right now. We will fix this ASAP.

The Benefits of Bermuda

Jay Jardine writes about the mix of economic freedom and stifling regulations his parents enjoy in Bermuda.

Quote of the Day

One of the biggest errors made by Libertarian anarchists is assuming that because an institution is an unjust monopoly (because it confiscates its income by force and puts its competitors out of business by force), this makes everything such institutions do also unjust. The latter proposition simply does not follow from the former.

-- Randy Barnett

Netflix: A Better Explanation

Henry Farrell inquires into why he and his wife might pay more for a Netflix movie rental on average than a rental from a brick and mortar video store. He concludes that he is irrational. Read more »

How Would You Disprove Morality?

propertiesofthings.jpgWhen Isaac Newton developed his Theory of Gravitation for the world to see, he put his theory at risk. It made predictions about the nature of the universe, and if ever human observations contradicted those predictions, his theory would be proven false, or at least, not completely true. Read more »

On Ideas...

Abandoned at Sea

aubrey.jpgOne of the most powerful scenes in the movie Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World occurred when one of the ship mates was thrown overboard the HMS Surprise in the midst of a storm when the elements shattered the mast. As the mate desperately clung to the piece of the mast in the ocean that remained tethered to the ship via ropes, the raging waters threatened the survival of the ship itself. Read more »

Carnival of the Capitalists

This week's Carnival of the Capitalists is up at the RFID weblog.