Social Philosophy and Policy

Research Article

Toward a Libertarian Theory of Class

Roderick T. Longa1

a1 Philosophy, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Libertarianism needs a theory of class.

This claim may meet with resistance among some libertarians. A few will say: “The analysis of society in terms of classes and class struggles is a specifically Marxist approach, resting on assumptions that libertarians reject. Why should we care about class?” A greater number will say: “We recognize that class theory is important, but libertarianism doesn't need such a theory, because it already has a perfectly good one.”