A Hayekian Case for Free Markets and a Basic Income

Friedrich Hayek is known for his defense of limited government and a free-market economy. But Hayek was also a consistent defender throughout his life of something that looks very much like a Universal Basic Income (UBI). To many, this combination of views will seem paradoxical. This paper argues that both of these commitments flow naturally…

Free Speech and Toleration

A commitment to free speech and toleration are among the defining features of modern, liberal democracies. But as a historical matter, these commitments are relatively recent phenomena. And philosophically, neither is as clear-cut or unambiguous as we might assume. Recent controversies involving religious extremism and controversial speakers on college campuses illustrate the difficulties applying these…

New USD Center for Ethics, Economics, and Public Policy

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…