Hi. I’m a Professor of Philosophy at the University of San Diego, founder and director of USD’s Center for Ethics, Economics, and Public Policy, and the founder of and frequent contributor to the Bleeding Heart Libertarians blog. I write about the basic income guarantee, exploitation, and the history of libertarian ideas.
Do the institutions of a free society necessarily permit the exploitation of the vulnerable? Read my new paper, forthcoming in the Oxford Handbook of Freedom.
An in-depth discussion of the Basic Income from WGBH’s Innovation Hub, featuring conversations with me and with University of Manitoba economist Evelyn Forget.
I talked about the libertarian case for a Basic Income Guarantee with the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. Listen to the interview here.
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.
My Hayek Lecture at Duke University, subtitled: “Why You’re Probably Worse than a Price Gouger, and Why You Probably Don’t Believe It!”
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…
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…
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!
Check out my textbook in political philosophy, now in its second edition with Routledge.
Watch me debate Debra Satz of Stanford University on “The Moral Limits of Markets“