Anti-libertarianism: Markets, Philosophy, and Myth

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Psychology Press, 1994 - Business & Economics - 154 pages
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Free marketeers claim that theirs is the only economic mechanism which respects and furthers human freedom. Socialism, they say, has been thoroughly discredited. Most libertarians treat the state in anything other than its minimal, 'nightwatchman' form as a repressive embodiment of evil. Some reject the state altogether.
But is the 'free market idea' a rationally defensible belief? Or do its proponents fail to examine the philosophical roots of their so-called freedom? Anti-libertarianismtakes a sceptical look at the conceptual tenets of free market politics. Alan Haworth argues that libertarianism is little more than an unfounded, quasi-religious statement of faith: a market romance. Moreover, libertarianism is exposed as profoundly antithetical to the very freedom which it purports to advance.
This controversial book is for anyone interested in the cultural and political impact of free market policies on the modern world. It will be invaluable to students and specialists of political and economic theory, social science and philosophy.
 

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Contents

Libertarianism antilibertarianism
3
Market romances I nuts and bolts
6
Reducibility freedom the invisible hand
12
Market romances II love is strange
32
On freedom
38
The legend of the angels and the fable of the bees
58
Part II
65
Moralising the market
67
Visions of Valhalla
94
Part III
105
The good fairys wand
107
Hayek and the hand of fate
115
Conclusions and postscript
130
Notes
134
Bibliography
143
Index
147

Rights wrongs and rhetoric
72

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Haworth is of the University of North London.

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