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Governing Least: A New England Libertarianism

Dan Moller


This book defends libertarianism and more broadly a classical liberal view of political economy. It is often assumed that libertarianism depends on thinking that property rights are absolute, or on fetishizing individual liberty. This book argues that, on the contrary, the foundations of libertarianism can be found in widely shared, everyday moral beliefs–particularly in strictures against shifting our burdens onto others. The core of libertarianism, on this interpretation, lies not in an exaggerated sense of our rights against other people, but in modesty about what we can demand from them. T ... More

Keywords: justice, libertarianism, classical liberalism, reparations, political correctness, John Locke, private property, Robert Nozick, utopia, redistribution

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780190863241
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2019 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190863241.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Dan Moller, author
Associate Professor of Philosophy, University of Maryland