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.
My review of Loren Lomasky’s new book, Rights Angles, is now available at Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews.
I’m delighted to announce the launch of USD’s Center for Ethics, Economics, and Public Policy! The mission of the center is to promote rigorous scholarship and teaching on the impact of social norms, markets and public policies on human freedom, well-being and justice. The Center held its first event in the Fall of 2016, a debate…
What do libertarian philosophers think about the welfare state? Read my new essay, forthcoming in the Routledge Handbook of Libertarianism, to find out.
The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy has published my almost completely re-written entry on “Exploitation.”
Could Gary Johnson’s Libertarian presidential campaign steal as many votes from Clinton on the left as it dos from Trump on the right? At CNN, I suggest the answer may be “yes.”
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!”