Socialism and libertarianism

  title={Socialism and libertarianism},
  author={Peter Mclaverty},
  journal={Journal of Political Ideologies},
  pages={185 - 198}
  • P. Mclaverty
  • Published 1 June 2005
  • Philosophy
  • Journal of Political Ideologies
In this article, I attempt to define the concepts of socialism and libertarianism. While recognising that the meaning of socialism has developed over time and is not set in stone, and after outlining the ways in which a number of writers have defined socialism, I argue that key socialist values are incompatible with libertarianism, the core feature of which, I argue, is a commitment to the principle of self-ownership. Libertarianism, I contend, involves a denial of what are widely seen as core… 

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