Toward a Non-Lockean Libertarianism

Authored by: Jacob T. Levy

The Routledge Handbook of Libertarianism

Print publication date:  August  2017
Online publication date:  August  2017

Print ISBN: 9781138832169
eBook ISBN: 9781315709727
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Libertarian thought and antecedent forms of classical liberalism have often accorded centrality to a cluster of ideas derived from John Locke (1689): that individual rights in general and property rights in particular are moral or “natural,” finding their justification and authority outside or prior to their recognition by political or legal actors; that political, coercive government derives its legitimacy from the (often tacit or imputed) consent of the governed; that such consent is given (if at all) for the purpose of the protection of those prior rights; and thus political governing bodies may therefore not violate individual rights without losing their legitimacy.

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