Machan discusses philosophical skepticism, particularly with regard to observed reality.
Tibor Machan is professor emeritus of philosophy at Auburn University, the R.C. Hoiles Chair of Business Ethics and Free Enterprise at the Argyros School of Business & Economics at Chapman University, an adjunct scholar at the Cato Institute, and a former adjunct faculty member of the Ludwig von Mises Institute.
Positive liberty presents a case for liberty as the ability to succeed. Often, though, positive liberty can only be achieved by violating negative liberty.
Kleptocracies are those governments that enact policies which take resources from citizens simply for government gain or gain of select individuals and parties.
“As in earlier ages, the academic world may be the last to accept the reality of dynamic process and continuity in change.”
George H. Smith turns to what may be Roy Childs’s most recognized role in the libertarian movement: book reviewer.
Social Darwinism applied the idea of “survival of the fittest” to society to poor ends. However, its intellectual founders did not share those views.
Instead of a Review: A Commentary on Libertarianism: What Everyone Needs to Know, by Jason Brennan, Part 2
Smith criticizes Jason Brennan’s view of the origin of “hard libertarianism” and his treatment of Ayn Rand.
“I found that the Libertarian Party is not an historically isolated phenomenon but is, on the contrary, the landing place of a great cultural tradition.”
Presley argues that libertarians will be more persuasive if they actively support private alternatives to government poverty programs.
Ayn Rand remains one of the best-known and most influential individualist writers, credited with developing the philosophy of Objectivism.
After discussing some implications of early works on international law for libertarian theory, Smith concludes with a defense of Ayn Rand’s theory of rights.
Sigrid Fry-Revere outlines a libertarian take on ethics and explains how this framework can be considered in issues dealing with the human body.
Natural rights are the basic rights held by all individuals by merits of being human; i.e., those rights that exist pre-government and may not be violated.
“A number of areas have emerged from our survey in which further work may produce results which can command a consensus among libertarian philosophers.”
“One ought to say bluntly that the neoconservatives themselves are part of the problem here.”
Nephrologist Dr. Benjamin E. Hippen critically examines the legal market for kidneys in Iran.
The great John Hospers surveys the most productive century in the history of ethics as a field of study.