Sheldon Richman on Whether Virtue Is Possible Without Freedom


Whether they're on the left or the right, the advocates of the paternalistic state have it backward, writes Sheldon Richman: good conduct isn't a precondition of freedom; it is a consequence of freedom. As Richman explains, few authors have captured that point better than the author, individualist, and libertarian Albert Jay Nock in his classic 1924 essay "On Doing the Right Thing."