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Father Brown and the "Religion" of Libertarianism

• By Bretigne Shaffer

The term is used to dismiss libertarianism as being somehow faith-based, or dogmatic and impermeable to reason (never mind the centuries of rigorous philosophical and economic work that underly libertarian thinking) and therefore not worth taking seriously.

My own tendency has been to defend libertarian thought by pointing to those centuries of important work, and to the evidence both throughout history and in the present day demonstrating that the more free people are, the better off they are. But I've come to realize, recently, that those who have accused me of being "religious" in my opinions all these years aren't entirely wrong.

I owe this new revelation to Father Brown.

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