Jan
22

New Site: Libertarian Papers

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Just launched today: Libertarian Papers, an online peer-reviewed journal freely available to all!

It looks fantastic. The editors come from a wide variety of backgrounds and includes such luminaries as Thomas Woods, Stephan Kinsella, Walter Block, Hans-Hermann Hoppe, and Robert Higgs. Since it is only available online, it will be much easier to publish great content quickly – no hangups from physical publishing. If you are interested in the scholarship of liberty, you will definitely want to add this to your list of RSS feeds.

From the introductory post to Libertarian Papers:

To Authors, Readers, and Potential Libertarians:

A new libertarian journal—a new type of libertarian journal—is born today. Libertarian Papers is an exclusively online peer-reviewed journal. Its home is this elegant, fast, easy-to-use website. Please feel free to browse around.

Publishing online has allowed us to break free of many of the constraints faced by paper-based journals. Scholars working in the libertarian tradition will find dealing with us to be a refreshing change. For instance, we publish articles consecutively, online, as soon as they are peer-reviewed and a final copy is submitted. No waiting for the next issue or printing delays. We have also done away with arbitrary space limits. And we don’t care what citation style you use, as long as it is consistent, professional, and enables the reader to find the work referenced. Neither our time nor the author’s need be wasted converting from one citation style to another, or wondering whether “2nd. ed.” goes here or there, or whether it should be “2d. ed.” instead. In a digital age, old forms must give way to new forms.

And as our publications are online and open, you won’t find our authors furtively posting a scanned copy of their paper articles on their own sites, while their article is trapped in musty paper on a dark shelf—but if they want to, they are free to do so, since to the extent possible everything here is published under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License. Want to republish your piece in a book? No need to ask us for permission. We want to spread the ideas of liberty, not impose DRM on them.

And of course readers will love the ease of access. Subscription is by RSS feed, and free. Follow us on Twitter or Facebook, or other social media to come. And unlike other academic journals, we allow comments on our articles, via the blog posts announcing them. Libertarian Papers is completely free and open, because readers’ being willing to devote time to studying the ideas of liberty is payment enough for us. It is the profit we seek. And we think having readers who love to use our site and read our articles is what authors want, too.

A few words of thanks are in order. The assistance and support of Jeff Tucker of the Mises Institute, web designer Aristotle Esguerra, and Lew Rockwell and the Ludwig von Mises Institute have been invaluable in getting the website set up and the first non-issue out. Libertarian Papers is also proud to have an outstanding Editorial Board, with world-class scholars working in the libertarian tradition. Their help and commitment was also indispensable in helping this project come to fruition. And various loyal and devoted friends in the libertarian cadre, such as Gil Guillory, Manuel Lora, and Anthony Gregory, helped in various ways behind the scenes. A hearty thanks to them all.

That brings us to our first issue—or non-issue, rather. We’re very proud of our first set of published articles—the seven articles that are being published today, immediately after this post is published (and then rolling them out about one hour apart, consecutively, throughout the day). These pieces include articles by two eminent libertarian thinkers, Jan Narveson (writing on Nozick, justice, and restitution) and Robert Higgs (on depressions and war). Also being published today is a previously unpublished memo from Ludwig von Mises to F.A. Hayek, relaying Mises’s concerns and advice about the then-nascent Mont Pèlerin Society, followed by a previously unpublished memo from Murray Rothbard to the Volker Fund, about libertarian tactics and strategy. The last three articles to be published today—about four hours from now—are a fascinating three-part exchange between Nicolás Maloberti and Joshua Katz about libertarianism, positive rights, and “Possibility of the Legitimate State.”

Several more articles are in the works. We expect to publish throughout the year—and beyond. Stay tuned.

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We welcome submissions of articles and other suitable materials—even in foreign languages, in some cases (more on our About page). And feel free to send feedback, suggestions, or questions to the Editor, via email or through the comments feature on our blog posts. We hope you—authors and readers—also profit from Libertarian Papers.

—Stephan Kinsella

Norman Horn

Norman is the founder and editor of LibertarianChristians.com. He holds a PhD in Chemical Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin and a Master of Arts in Theological Studies from the Austin Graduate School of Theology.

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  • Drew

    A side note: one printed collection of essays and articles I have is “When We Are Free” edited by Dale M. Haywood and Timothy G. Nash. I bought the book for a philosophy class I never took. But, I started to read the book and really liked the articles. This book is one I would want if I was stranded on a deserted island (along with my Bible, the question then is which Bible to bring). It is a liberty minded book based on a free market economy. Most of the articles have appeared in the Freeman. It has 81 articles and I would recommend it to any liberty minded person.

  • Drew

    A side note: one printed collection of essays and articles I have is “When We Are Free” edited by Dale M. Haywood and Timothy G. Nash. I bought the book for a philosophy class I never took. But, I started to read the book and really liked the articles. This book is one I would want if I was stranded on a deserted island (along with my Bible, the question then is which Bible to bring). It is a liberty minded book based on a free market economy. Most of the articles have appeared in the Freeman. It has 81 articles and I would recommend it to any liberty minded person.

  • Norman

    Cool, thanks for that suggestion Drew!

  • http://kennethjr.info Ken

    Drew: Bring the Geneva Bible. The nonconformists were far ahead of their time when it came to challenging authority. King James hated that popular version because footnotes pointed out examples of godly people disobeying kings.

    Thanks for the pointer to this intriguing new site.

  • http://kennethjr.info Ken

    Drew: Bring the Geneva Bible. The nonconformists were far ahead of their time when it came to challenging authority. King James hated that popular version because footnotes pointed out examples of godly people disobeying kings.

    Thanks for the pointer to this intriguing new site.

  • Drew

    Pah…translation wars.

  • Drew

    Pah…translation wars.

  • Norman

    Hahaha. There are a number of good versions out there. I use NRSV a lot for study, TNIV frequently at church, and I’ve really enjoyed reading the Jerusalem Bible as well.

  • Drew

    ESV has been my favorite recently. It flows well and is a sound translation. My ESV Study Bible is great.

  • Drew

    ESV has been my favorite recently. It flows well and is a sound translation. My ESV Study Bible is great.

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