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Legal Foundations of a Free Society

My forthcoming book Legal Foundations of a Free Society (LFFS) will be published in 2023 (Papinian Press), probably around August.1

LFFS is an edited selection of my articles and essays dealing with a variety of issues in libertarian rights and legal theory. The Introduction and further information will be posted later, but the currently proposed material to be included is listed and linked to below, where feasible. The Introduction will link to this page, which compiles selected supplementary material that may be of interest to readers of the book. I include this material here, instead of in the book, so that the information may be updated/corrected from time to time, and include easy hyperlinking to the relevant material. See also The Story of a Libertarian Book Cover.

Links to the supplementary material and readings are provided below.

Legal Foundations of a Free Society


  • Dedication
  • Epigraph
  • Table of Contents
  • Foreword, by Hans-Hermann Hoppe
  • Preface
  • Acknowledgments


  1. How I Became A Libertarian, LewRockwell.com (Dec. 18, 2002); also in I Chose Liberty: Autobiographies of Contemporary Libertarians (compiled by Walter Block; Mises Institute 2010)
  2. What Libertarianism Is, in Hülsmann & Kinsella, eds., Property, Freedom, and Society: Essays in Honor of Hans-Hermann Hoppe (Mises Institute, 2009)
  3. What It Means To Be an Anarcho-Capitalist, LewRockwell.com (Jan. 20, 2004)


  1. How We Come To Own OurselvesMises Daily (Sep. 7, 2006)
  2. A Libertarian Theory of Punishment and Rights, Loy. L.A. L. Rev. 30 (1997): 607–45
  3. Dialogical Arguments for Libertarian Rights, in The Dialectics of Liberty (Lexington Books, 2019) [based on “New Rationalist Directions in Libertarian Rights Theory,” J. Libertarian Stud. 12, no. 2 (Fall 1996): 313–26]
  4. Defending Argumentation Ethics: Reply to Murphy & CallahanAnti-state.com (Sept. 19, 2002)


  1. Causation and Aggression (with Patrick Tinsley), Q. J. Austrian Econ. 7, no. 4 (Winter 2004): 97–112
  2. A Libertarian Theory of Contract: Title Transfer, Binding Promises, and InalienabilityJ. Libertarian Stud. 17, no. 2 (Spring 2003): 11-37
  3. Inalienability and Punishment: A Reply to George Smith, J. Libertarian Stud. 14, no. 1 (Winter 1998–99): 79–93
  4. Selling Does Not Imply Ownership, and Vice-Versa: A Dissection, The Libertarian Standard (Oct. 25, 2022)
  5. Reply to Van Dun: Non-Aggression and Title TransferJ. Libertarian Stud. 18, no. 2 (Spring 2004): 55–64
  6. Legislation and the Discovery of Law in a Free SocietyJ. Libertarian Stud. 11, no. 2 (Summer 1995): 132–81


  1. Law and Intellectual Property in a Stateless SocietyLibertarian Papers 5, no. 1 (2013): 1–44
  2. Against Intellectual Property After Twenty Years: Looking Back and Looking Forward (previously unpublished)
  3. Introduction to Origitent (2018)
  4. Conversation with Schulman about Logorights and Media-Carried Property (in Origitent (2018))
  5. Goods, Scarce and Nonscarce (with Jeffrey A. Tucker), Mises Daily (Aug. 25, 2010)


  1. Knowledge, Calculation, Conflict, and Law (review essay of Randy E. Barnett, The Structure of Liberty), Q. J. Austrian Econ. 2, no. 4 (Winter 1999): 49–71
  2. Review of Anthony de Jasay, Against Politics: On Government, Anarchy, and Order, Q. J. Austrian Econ. 1, no. 1. (Fall 1998): 85–93
  3. Taking the Ninth Amendment Seriously: A Review of Calvin R. Massey’s Silent Rights: The Ninth Amendment and the Constitution’s Unenumerated Rights, Hastings Const. L.Q. 24, no. 3 (Spring 1997): 757–84
  4. The Undeniable Morality of Capitalism, St. Mary’s L. J. 25, no. 4 (1994): 1419–47 (review essay of Hans-Hermann Hoppe, The Economics and Ethics of Private Property (1993))


  1. On Libertarian Legal Theory, Self-Ownership and Drug Laws, interview with Anthony Wile, The Daily Bell (July 20, 2014)
  2. Stephan Kinsella on the Logic of Libertarianism and Why Intellectual Property Doesn’t Exist, interview with Anthony Wile, The Daily Bell (March 18, 2012)
  3. Libertarianism After Fifty Years: What Have We Learned?NYC LibertyFest, Brooklyn, NY (October 11, 2014)


  • Bibliography
  • Index
  • About the Author

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  1. Note: I had been using the working title Law in a Libertarian World: Legal Foundations of a Free Society but have decided to go with the subtitle only. []

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