A Critique of Randy Barnett’s “Accommodating” Libertarianism

Source: Libertarian Institute
by Gary Chartier

“Randy Barnett is arguably on the short list of the libertarians most influential in American public life. His legal scholarship has informed challenges to state power in the courts; indeed, he himself has argued before the Supreme Court. He has been an active participant in intra-libertarian theoretical debates for decades. And his book The Structure of Liberty, now in its second edition, articulates a clear and appealing model of a stateless legal order that has contributed helpfully to libertarian theory over the course of a quarter-century. Thus, when Barnett urges, as he does in a new essay, that it’s time to update libertarianism, people will understandably listen. It’s not clear, however, that we ought to embrace his proposed program.” (07/09/24)