Libertarianism Without Inequality

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Libertarianism without inequality
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Author Michael Otsuka
Country United Kingdom
Language English
Subject Libertarianism
Publisher Oxford University Press
Publication date
3 July 2003
Pages 168
ISBN 978-0-19-924395-2

Libertarianism Without Inequality is a book written in 2003 by Michael Otsuka, and published by Oxford University Press.


The book is written in three parts with part one being dedicated to self-ownership and "world ownership."[1] Part two dwells on the rights of self-defense and the right to punish those who transgress against the natural rights of others.[1] Part three deals with the political aspects and other types of libertarianism.[1]


Ian Carter has said, "In this important contribution to rights theory, the deontology of punishment, and the problem of political obligation, Michael Otsuka argues against the belief, prevalent on both the left and the right of the political spectrum, that the fundamental principles of libertarianism conflict with the ideal of economic equality. This allows him to defend “libertarianism without inequality” – a radical and provocative normative construction that is both more egalitarian and more libertarian than mainstream (left-of-centre) liberal egalitarianism."[2]

Rothbardian intellectual historian David Gordon has said, "Michael Otsuka endeavors to combine two fundamental principles of political philosophy, usually considered polar opposites. In my view, his ingenious attempt does not succeed; but his failure has much to teach us."[3] Timothy Hinton has said the book is a notable contribution to political philosophy.[4]

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  1. ^ a b c Otsuka, Michael (3 July 2003). Libertarianism without Inequality. Oxford University Press. p. ix. ISBN 978-0-19-924395-2. 
  2. ^ Carter, Ian (March 9, 2004). "Libertarianism without Inequality". University of Notre Dame. p. 1. Retrieved 18 September 2010. 
  3. ^ Gordon, David (Fall 2003). "Is Inequality Indefensible?". The Mises Review. Ludwig von Mises Institute. 9 (3): 1. 
  4. ^ Hinton, Timothy (Jan 2005). The Philosophical Review. Duke University Press. 114 (1): 142–44. JSTOR 30043660.  Missing or empty |title= (help)