About Me

Hi. I’m a Professor of Philosophy at the University of San Diego, and founder and director of USD’s Center for Ethics, Economics, and Public Policy. 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…