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Tom Palmer: Anarchism, Limited Government and Liberalism

This is part of a series of blogposts republishing previous events of the Oxford Hayek Society and the Oxford Libertarian Society.


On Monday 19 October 2009, Dr. Tom G. Palmer, Senior Fellow at the Cato Institute, addressed the Oxford Libertarian Society at Christ Church on the subject of: 'Anarchism, Limited Government and Liberalism: A Modest Case for Sacking the State'.


You can find a YouTube video of the talk below.



Tom challenged the conventional wisdom of a necessary state and made the case for non-coercive institutions to replace the government's monopoly of law enforcement. The discussion covered topics in history, sociology, political science, economics, and moral theory.


Following the talk, Tom published an erratum on his blog:


"I had nightmares afterwards that I had misspoken on an important matter, that is, on the absolute incomes of the lowest decile of income in the least economically free and the lowest deciles in the most most economically free. I said, I think, that the latter was something like $17,000, when it should have been more like $7,000 for the most free. That’s a big difference! (Still the lower number is a huge multiple of the incomes of the lowest decile in the least free)...
"The stats for the latest report...show the percentage of total national income ranges from 2.4 to 2.6 (that is, not much difference) between the least and the most economically free, whereas the average incomes for the lowest decile in the least free countries is $896 and for the most free it’s $9,105."

Dr. Tom G. Palmer is Senior Fellow at the Cato Institute, an American libertarian thinktank based in Washington, D.C, and the Vice President for International Programs at the Atlas Network, a global network of free-market thinktanks and organisations. President of the Oxford Hayek Society while studying for his doctorate, he was formerly Vice President of the Institute for Humane Studies at George Mason University.

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