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Grant Babcock

Grant Babcock is Associate Editor of Libertarianism.org and a scholar of political philosophy. He is especially interested in nonviolent action, epistemology of the social sciences, social contract theories and criticisms thereof, and finding libertarian-compatible responses to cultural problems.

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G. A. Cohen and Socialist Calculation

by Grant Babcock on Jul 7, 2014

Cohen’s moral defense of socialism seriously underestimates the information problems plaguing an economy without prices.

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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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Hayek on Customs, Laws, and Ethics

by Grant Babcock on Sep 11, 2014

It’s often thought that Hayek disproved the possibility of a rationalist ethics. Babcock argues he didn’t.

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Being a Good Hayekian

by Grant Babcock on Sep 18, 2014

Babcock offers advice on how to best apply Hayekian ideas to debates about social reform.

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Being a Good Rationalist

by Grant Babcock on Sep 25, 2014

Hayek’s insights are important for building a sucessful rationalist ethics.

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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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Property is Not a Second-Class Right

by Grant Babcock on Oct 6, 2015

For libertarians, property rights are deeply linked with our rights to bodily integrity, but for leftists, property rights aren’t seen as particularly important.