Randy England & Michael Dean talk thick and thin

Michael Dean After Dark is a late-night, liberty-related podcast. I was Michael’s co-host this morning. The 2-hour show is broadcast live at LRN.FM weeknights at Midnight Central time.

Show notes for 05/06/2014: What are thin and thick Libertarianism? — Will liberty close the wealth gap? — Brutalism — Bitcoin / Dark Wallet — Money laundering — Defending the Undefendable — Why people take drugs — Lew Rockwell

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Lew Rockwell, Thick and Thin libertarianism

dont-tread-on-neighbor300In attempting to explain what libertarianism is, we soon discover that there exists a divide in the movement.

There are the “thin” libertarians who see libertarianism as a simple thing, the nonaggression principle: thou shalt not initiate physical force against another.

Across the divide are the “thicks,” mostly–but not necessarily–left-libertarians, who have a broader agenda which they believe is essential to the success of libertarianism.

In the past year, I have sorted through some of this business in several posts (here, here, and here), but it was Jeffrey Tucker’s recent article “Against Libertarian Brutalism” in the The Freeman, that touched off a firestorm over “thick” and “thin” libertarianism.

Many words have been written since, but Lew Rockwell has done the best job yet in explaining what is at stake. It’s a short read and a good one. so give it a click:

The Future of Libertarianism, By Llewellyn H. Rockwell, Jr.

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Gerard Casey recommends Free is Beautiful

Anarcho-Ichthus-brushedIn today’s Lew Rockwell show, Lew interviews philosophy professor Gerard Casey of University College Dublin, Ireland. Dr. Casey is a Catholic libertarian who has a new book titled Libertarian Anarchy: Against the State. Great interview, and near the end, he recommends reading Free is Beautiful. Here is the interview: Libertarian Anarchy

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Below is Dr. Casey’s excellent lecture on Religion and Economics