…[W]e human beings, as social animals, need individual freedom to fully flourish. The equation is simple: individual freedom = social cooperation = individual and social flourishing. Many corollaries follow. To pick one, the freedom to choose with whom we will cooperate entails competition among those who wish to cooperate with any given individual.
– Sheldon Richman, What Social Animals Owe to Each Other (2020, Libertarian Institute)
Christopher J. Coyne is a Professor of Economics at George Mason University and the Associate Director of the F. A. Hayek Program for Advanced Study in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics at the Mercatus Center. His upcoming book “In Search of Monsters to Destroy: The Folly of American Empire and the Paths to Peace”, will be published by Independent Institute in December 2022.
For a list of his books visit his website: https://www.ccoyne.com/
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