John Tomasi is a Professor of Political Science at Brown University and a guest contributor at the Bleeding Heart Libertarians blog. He is also the author of the book Free Market Fairness (2012), in which he argues that libertarians can and should care about issues of social justice.
Tomasi gives his take on the balance between morality/rights-based libertarian advocacy and effectiveness/utility-based libertarian advocacy.
The ethical system of John Rawls, properly understood, justifies libertarian political institutions.
The classic argument John Rawls sets out in A Theory of Justice provides a strong foundation for libertarianism, Kogelmann says.
John Locke’s work on natural rights, property, and the limits of just governments makes him a central philosopher among classical liberals.
The first presidential candidate of the Libertarian party, John Hospers played an important role in organizing libertarians for political action.
Smith examines and criticizes Richard Ashcraft’s arguments that Locke was significantly influenced by the Levellers.
John Rawls was a political theorist who revived interest in the field. Though not libertarian, his work can be interpreted in support of some free-market ideas.
Smith explains Locke’s ideas about how we should interpret a philosophic text, and the relationship between labor and private property.
In his first essay in a new series on John Locke, Smith explains some essential features of Locke’s case for private property.
17th-century pamphleteer, organizer, and dissident John Lilburne was an important early voice for liberty, especially in matters of criminal justice.
Smith explains the significance, for Locke, of the increased productivity caused by labor, and the relationship between money and property.
Smith discusses Locke’s view of the original commons, before the institution of private property.
John Locke was an Enlightenment philosopher who developed a social contract theory of natural rights and government.
Smith explains an important controversy about when the Two Treatises was written, and the possible influence of the Levellers on Locke.
Smith explains how Locke dealt with some problems in the traditional Christian theory of private property.