About Me

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 director of USD’s undergraduate program in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics. I write about the basic income guarantee, exploitation, and the history of libertarian ideas.

Recent Media Appearances: Basic Income and Price Gouging

In the wake of COVID-19, there has been renewed public interest in two topics on which I have done some work: the ethics of price gouging and the Universal Basic Income. Below are links to some news stories that contain interviews or discussions of my published work. Time: “Will the Coronavirus Outbreak Turn Andrew Yang’s…

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…