“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.
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.
In many contexts, private governance can be highly effective—but not in all circumstances.
Kuznicki responds to Matt Zwolinski’s call for scrapping the non-aggression principle.
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?
Levatter explains how thought experiments can be a helpful tool in political philosophy, but only if they reach some minimum level of plausibility.
How much should we trust our moral intuitions? Is the task of ethics to describe those intuitions, or to change them?
Libertarians should support open borders, with possible exceptions for the exclusion of convicted criminals and people carrying disease.
The libertarian case against the welfare state is really just the result of the consistent application of moral common sense.
Though he was misled by the labor theory of value, much of Ingalls’s thought is right at home in the libertarian tradition.
Kuznicki draws a parallel between the “God of the Gaps” fallacy and how some people justify the state.
Property rights are conceptual constructs, ripe for translation into digital form.
There’s a long history of libertarian thought on the ethics and efficacy of voting.
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.