“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.
The justification of libertarian political institutions follows logically from relatively uncontroversial moral intuitions held by a broad range of reasonable people.
Michael Huemer joins us this week for a discussion on political authority, political obligation, and political legitimacy.
Matt Zwolinski joins us to talk about pollution. What does it mean for libertarians to treat pollution as a violation of property rights?
Matt Zwolinski joins us for a discussion on Lysander Spooner’s “Letter to Grover Cleveland,” which Spooner wrote in the last year of his life.
Aaron and Trevor have a discussion about the political authority of the state. Should one obey the government? Is there a compelling reason to?
Matthew Feeney joins us for a general discussion on the value of philosophy. Why is philosophy important? How do you learn to think philosophically?
Peter T. Leeson joins us this week to discuss rational choice theory as it applies to self-governance. What happens in the absence of government?
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.