Better than the Nolan Chart

by Stephan Kinsella on October 28, 2009

in Libertarianism

In “Classical Liberalism versus Anarchocapitalism” (originally published in Property, Freedom and Society: Essays in Honor of Hans-Hermann Hoppe (2009)), Jesus Huerta de Soto provides an excellent chart (above) that I think is superior to the Nolan Chart (below).

Nolan Chart Nolan Chart



See also Tom Knapp’s political spectrum bell curve: “On the far Left (market anarchism) and the far Right (anarcho-capitalism), appetite for political government trails off to zero (which is why “Left” and “Right” libertarians have so much in common).”

Tom Knapp's Political Spectrum Bell Curve Tom Knapp’s Political Spectrum Bell Curve

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Martin October 28, 2009 at 3:34 pm

Certainly makes a lot more sense. See also, this:


Marco de Wit January 8, 2013 at 12:12 pm

Interesting charts. A few questions. Maybe you can help me understand. How can a statist be in favor of private property as in de Soto’s chart?

Knapp’s chart also raises the question how can classical liberalism and libertarianism be on opposite sides of the spectrum? And why does Knapp claim Murphy is more anarchist than Rothbard and Hoppe?


Lori January 9, 2013 at 3:45 am

David Friedman is more statist than Ron Paul?


Alex Doran January 9, 2013 at 11:54 am

I think that’s supposed to be Milton Friedman.


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