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Michael Huemer

Michael Huemer is a professor of philosophy at the University of Colorado, Boulder. He writes about on philosophical skepticism, the problem of induction, ethical intuitionism, free will, and deontological ethics, and has taught courses in ethics, social philosophy, logic, epistemology, philosophy of science, and metaphysics.

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Is Taxation Theft?

by Michael Huemer on Mar 16, 2017

“Taxation is theft” is a popular slogan among libertarians. It captures the sentiment that we should hold the state to the same moral standards as non-state actors.

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The Limits of Private Governance

by Chris W. Surprenant on Mar 8, 2016

In many contexts, private governance can be highly effective—but not in all circumstances.

 

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Non-Aggression and Billiards

by Jason Kuznicki on Apr 9, 2013

Kuznicki responds to Matt Zwolinski’s call for scrapping the non-aggression principle.

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The Right to Rule

by David S. D’Amato on Oct 1, 2015

We reject the idea that some people are born superior to others, with a right to rule them. What, then, if anything, justifies a state’s power over its citizens?

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What’s Ethics All About, Anyway?

by Grant Babcock on Sep 5, 2014

How much should we trust our moral intuitions? Is the task of ethics to describe those intuitions, or to change them?

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The Libertarian Argument for Open Borders

by Grant Babcock on Oct 16, 2014

Libertarians should support open borders, with possible exceptions for the exclusion of convicted criminals and people carrying disease.

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Libertarianism and the Poor

by Matt Zwolinski on Apr 25, 2014

The libertarian case against the welfare state is really just the result of the consistent application of moral common sense.

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The State of the Gaps

by Jason Kuznicki on May 10, 2018

Kuznicki draws a parallel between the “God of the Gaps” fallacy and how some people justify the state.

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Vice in The Virtue of Nationalism

by Akiva Malamet on Jul 30, 2019

Hazony’s views about the role of individuals and the nature of ethics mean that nations of any type are permitted to wage unjust war and impose sweeping domestic oppression. This nationalism should not guide our thinking today.