Anti-Libertarianism: Markets, Philosophy, and Myth

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Notes

1 Libertarianism - anti-libertarianism
1
For a thorough synoptic account, readers could do worse than consult Shand 1990.
2
The quotations are from the No Turning Back Group of Conservative MPs (1990: 8, 14). The contents of this pamphlet are fairly typical of the way watered-down libertarian ideas are employed as propaganda.
3
Sir Keith Joseph was Secretary of State for Trade and Industry from 1979 to 1982; that is, during the first Thatcher government’s early, more optimistic, and ideologically loaded period. Seeking to re-educate the civil servants in his charge, one of his first acts on taking office was to distribute a reading list throughout the ministry. One of the items on the list was a book he co-authored with Jonathan Sumption (Joseph and Sumption 1979). For the full list, and a clear, non-committal, summary of its contents, readers should consult Bosanquet (1981). Sir Keith is now president of the (libertarian) Institute of Economic Affairs.
4
See, for example, the title of Antony Flew’s critique of egalitarianism, The Politics of Procrustes (1981). Procrustes also gets a mention from Sir Keith (Joseph and Sumption 1979: 63). The myth goes: ‘Procrustes used to welcome travellers, feast them and give them a bed for the night. He had only one bed, and if the visitors were too long for it he cut off their legs to make them fit; if they were too short he put them on a rack to lengthen them’ (McLeish 1983: 252).
5
In his essay, ‘Bentham’, John Stuart Mill wrote, ‘For our own part, we have a large tolerance for one-eyed men’ (1987). Jonathan Wolff quotes this in approval of Nozick (1991: 142).

2 Market romances I: nuts and bolts
1
Although much of this book concentrates on the conceptual analysis of freedom, I haven’t thought it necessary to carry out a detailed analysis of coercion. For a detailed analysis by a notable libertarian see Nozick (1972). For a detailed anti-libertarian account see Haworth (1990).
2
The True Levellers, or Diggers (1649-59), had a habit of seizing common land and sharing it out. Their manifesto, The True Levellers’ Standard Advanced

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  • Title Page iii
  • Contents vii
  • Preface and Acknowledgements ix
  • Part I 1
  • Chapter 1 - Libertarianism - Anti-Libertarianism 3
  • Chapter 2 - Market Romances I 6
  • Chapter 3 - Reducibility, Freedom, the Invisible Hand 12
  • Chapter 4 - Market Romances II 32
  • Chapter 5 - On Freedom 38
  • Chapter 6 - The Legend of the Angels and the Fable of the Bees 58
  • Part II 65
  • Chapter 7 - Moralising the Market 67
  • Chapter 8 - Rights, Wrongs and Rhetoric 72
  • Chapter 9 - Visions of Valhalla 94
  • Part III 105
  • Chapter 10 - The Good Fairy's Wand 107
  • Chapter 11 - Hayek and the Hand of Fate 115
  • Chapter 12 - Conclusions and Postscript 130
  • Notes 134
  • Bibliography 143
  • Index 147
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