This paper attempts to survey and partially resolve a debate amidst factions within the broader tradition of libertarian political economy. While natural rights theorists and Public Choice economists are often at odds concerning the proper way to analyze the role of government in society, each framework can be used in conjunction with one another. Personal accounts are presented to demonstrate how these frameworks may be complements to one another for students interested in promoting a progressive research agenda focused upon social change towards a free society. The research and mentorship of Peter Boettke is presented as an ideal example of such successful applications.
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