Reducing the size, scope, and expense of our military would make us safer—and lead to a more peaceful world.
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.
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.
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.
Despite her disavowal of the label “libertarian,” Ayn Rand’s ethics provide a justification for libertarian political institutions.
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?
Aaron and Trevor have a discussion about the political authority of the state. Should one obey the government? Is there a compelling reason to?
“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.
The justification of libertarian political institutions follows logically from relatively uncontroversial moral intuitions held by a broad range of reasonable people.
Libertarian political institutions are most conducive to virtuous living, and virtuous people will be inclined to uphold libertarian principles.
Though he was misled by the labor theory of value, much of Ingalls’s thought is right at home in the libertarian tradition.
In many contexts, private governance can be highly effective—but not in all circumstances.
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?
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.
Matthew Feeney joins us for a general discussion on the value of philosophy. Why is philosophy important? How do you learn to think philosophically?
Matt Zwolinski joins us to talk about pollution. What does it mean for libertarians to treat pollution as a violation of property rights?