Jason Kuznicki and I have already posted a couple of times correcting some of the points in Michael Lind’s howler-laden screed in Salon, which attacked libertarians and classical liberals for our supposed promotion of autocracy and other bad things. For a closer look at Lind’s method, check out Will Wilkinson’s post at The Economist exploring what Mises and Hayek actually thought about democracy, which is at sharp variance with what Lind represents them as thinking. (As Wilkinson points out, finding out what these distinguished scholars said does not call for a lot of research time in libraries; Mises’s book Liberalism, including its chapter “Democracy,” can be read online.) I’ve gathered links to a few other responses at my Overlawyered site, including posts worth reading by Damon Root (Reason “Hit and Run”) and Roderick Long (Bleeding Heart Libertarians).
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In this issue of Regulation, Jonathan H. Adler and Nathaniel Stewart make the case for property-based fishery management, utilizing territorial or catch-share allocation among fishery participants. Also in this issue, Michael L. Wachter explores the relationship between the much-maligned National Labor Relations Act and the decline in union membership.
Timothy Sandefur’s insightful new book documents a vital, forgotten truth: our Constitution was written to secure liberty, not to empower democracy.