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Neoclassical liberalism, also referred to as bleeding-heart libertarianism (BHL) or the Arizona School liberalism, is a libertarian political philosophy and ideology that focuses on the compatibility of support for civil liberties and free markets on the one hand and a concern for social justice and the well-being of the worst-off on the other. Adherents of bleeding-heart libertarianism broadly hold that an agenda focused upon individual liberty will be of most benefit to the economically weak and socially disadvantaged.
The first recorded use of the term "bleeding-heart libertarian" seems to have been in a 1996 essay by Roderick T. Long. It was subsequently used in a blog post by Stefan Sharkansky and later picked up and elaborated on by Arnold Kling in an article for TCS Daily. Since then, the term has been used sporadically by a number of libertarian writers including Anthony Gregory and Bryan Caplan.
In March 2011, a group of academic philosophers, political theorists and economists created the Bleeding Heart Libertarians blog. Regular contributors to the blog include Fernando Tesón, Gary Chartier, Jason Brennan, Roderick T. Long and Steven Horwitz.
Critics of the bleeding-heart libertarian movement include economist David D. Friedman, for whom bleeding-heart libertarians "insist that social justice ought to be part of libertarianism but are unwilling to tell us what it means."
- Classical liberalism
- Gary Chartier
- Compassionate conservatism
- Distributive justice
- Fred Foldvary
- Free Market Fairness
- Left-wing market anarchism
- Libertarian paternalism
- Lockean proviso
- Michael Munger
- Michael Otsuka
- Poverty reduction
- Radical centrism
- Radicalism (historical)
- David Schmidtz
- Hillel Steiner
- Brennan, Jason (2012). Libertarianism: What Everyone Needs to Know. Oxford University Press. p. 188. ISBN 978-0199933914.
- Matt Zwolinski and John Tomasi, "A Bleeding Heart History of Libertarianism", April 2, 2012, Cato Unbound.
- Zwolinski, Matt (2011-03-03). "Bleeding-Heart Libertarianism". Bleeding Heart Libertarians blog.
- Neoclassical liberal philosophers such as David Schmidtz, Jerry Gaus, John Tomasi, Kevin Vallier, Matt Zwolinski and Jason Brennan all have a connection to the University of Arizona (cf. "On the ethics of voting" Archived 2018-09-07 at the Wayback Machine, 3:AM Magazine, January 14, 2013).
- "About Us". Bleeding Heart Libertarians.
- Long, Roderick (1996). "Beyond the Boss". Retrieved 2012-09-20.
- Sharkansky, Stefan (2002-06-01). "My Blog and Welcome to It". Retrieved 2012-06-16.
- Kling, Arnold (2003-09-29). "Bleeding-Heart Libertarianism". Archived from the original on 2012-05-19. Retrieved 2012-06-16.
- Gregory, Anthony. "Don't Privatize Plunder". LewRockwell.com. Archived from the original on 2015-06-18. Retrieved 2018-09-07.
- Caplan, Bryan. "Who's More Irresponsible?". EconLog. Missing or empty
- Henderson, David (2012-04-28). "David Friedman on Bleeding-Heart Libertarianism". EconLog. Missing or empty