Libertarian Cosmopolitanism

From the IHS Vault: Prof. Steve Horwitz explores what he calls “Libertarian Cosmopolitanism.” Horwitz argues that in a world of globalized trade and communications, we should not just tolerate difference, we should acknowledge the benefits of voluntarily trading, exchanging, and interacting with others different from ourselves. He addresses issues including immigration, population growth, and free trade.

Steve Horwitz is a Professor of Economics at St. Lawrence University.


  1. Matt Wavle

    There’s a huge strength and benefit in seeking to do business with others who are very different than one’s self.  

    — At 39 min he begins a section on Free Trade and Peace.  The exchange between people who have different abilities to create things creates a comparative advantage.  We need to see that barriers to trade are really barriers to freedom and peace.
  2. Damian Gunjak

    This seems very idealistic – especially given of whats going on in Ukraine,  the EU ( all the regs and limiting of freedom of movement), premise that we can ignore culture and nationality that easily.  

  3. Damian Gunjak

    Exchange allowed for two ideas to have sex…. best economics quote ever. 

Leave a Reply