The Libertarian Non-Aggression Principle

Libertarianism is often presented as resting upon a simple, indeed commonsense, moral principle. But is the “non-aggression principle” really a good foundation on which to build a libertarian theory? That’s the subject of my most recent paper, “The Libertarian Non-Aggression Principle,” out now in the journal Social Philosophy and Policy.

Effective Solutions to Global Poverty

Do we have a moral duty to help the global poor? If so, what is the best way of discharging that duty? In my new series of videos from Learn Liberty, I explore some answers to these questions. Check them out below! Would You Save the Drowning Toddler? [August, 2015] Someone who let a child…

The Radical Libertarianism of Lysander Spooner

Lysander Spooner was one of the most important American libertarians of the 19th century. In this interview with Free Thoughts, I talk about his fascinating life and his last published work: “A Letter to Grover Cleveland, on his false Inaugural Address, the Usurpations and Crimes of Lawmakers and Judges, and the consequent Poverty, Ignorance, and…

Herbert Spencer and the Poor

What did the “social Darwinist” Herbert Spencer really believe about our obligations to the poor? Read my latest paper, “Social Darwinism and Social Justice: Herbert Spencer on Our Duties to the Poor” to find out!