Neoclassical liberalism

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Neoclassical liberalism,[1][2] also referred to as Arizona School liberalism[1][3] and bleeding-heart libertarianism,[4] is a libertarian political philosophy[3] that focuses on the compatibility of support for civil liberties and free markets on the one hand and a concern for social justice and the well-being of the worst-off on the other. Adherents of neoclassical liberalism broadly hold that an agenda focused upon individual liberty will be of most benefit to the economically weak and socially disadvantaged.[5]


The first recorded use of the term bleeding-heart libertarian seems to have been in a 1996 essay by Roderick T. Long.[6] It was subsequently used in a blog post by Stefan Sharkansky[7] and later picked up and elaborated on by Arnold Kling in an article for TCS Daily.[8] Since then, the term has been used sporadically by a number of libertarian writers including Anthony Gregory[9] and Bryan Caplan.[10]

In March 2011, a group of academic philosophers, political theorists and economists created the Bleeding Heart Libertarians blog.[4] Regular contributors to the blog include Fernando Tesón, Gary Chartier, Jason Brennan, Roderick T. Long and Steven Horwitz.


Critics of the bleeding-heart libertarian movement include economist David D. Friedman, for whom bleeding-heart libertarians "insist that social justice ought to be part of libertarianism but are unwilling to tell us what it means."[11]

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  1. ^ a b Brennan, Jason (2012). Libertarianism: What Everyone Needs to Know. Oxford University Press. p. 188. ISBN 978-0199933914.
  2. ^ Matt Zwolinski and John Tomasi, "A Bleeding Heart History of Libertarianism", April 2, 2012, Cato Unbound.
  3. ^ a b Neoclassical liberal philosophers such as David Schmidtz, Jerry Gaus, John Tomasi, Kevin Vallier, Matt Zwolinski and Jason Brennan all have a connection to the University of Arizona (cf. "On the ethics of voting" Archived 2018-09-07 at the Wayback Machine, 3:AM Magazine, January 14, 2013).
  4. ^ a b Zwolinski, Matt (2011-03-03). "Bleeding-Heart Libertarianism". Bleeding Heart Libertarians blog.
  5. ^ "About Us". Bleeding Heart Libertarians.
  6. ^ Long, Roderick (1996). "Beyond the Boss". Retrieved 2012-09-20.
  7. ^ Sharkansky, Stefan (2002-06-01). "My Blog and Welcome to It". Retrieved 2012-06-16.
  8. ^ Kling, Arnold (2003-09-29). "Bleeding-Heart Libertarianism". Archived from the original on 2012-05-19. Retrieved 2012-06-16.
  9. ^ Gregory, Anthony. "Don't Privatize Plunder". Archived from the original on 2015-06-18. Retrieved 2018-09-07.
  10. ^ Caplan, Bryan. "Who's More Irresponsible?". EconLog. Missing or empty |url= (help)
  11. ^ Henderson, David (2012-04-28). "David Friedman on Bleeding-Heart Libertarianism". EconLog. Missing or empty |url= (help)


  • Jeffrey Edward Green (2016), The Shadow of Unfairness: A Plebeian Theory of Liberal Democracy, Oxford University Press.
  • Jason Brennan, Bas van der Vossen, David Schmidtz, eds. (2017), The Routledge Handbook of Libertarianism, Routledge: "Libertarianism and the Welfare State" by Matt Zwolinski.

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