Many people believe for-profit kidney sales are wrong because they think people who save lives ought not be motivated by self-interest.*
There are lots of problems with this thought. Does it imply that competent and skilled surgeons (firefighters, nurses, police officers, EMTs, etc.) who are just in it for the money, or who are significantly motivated […]
My BHL colleague Chris Freiman has three questions for left-libertarians concerning how we reconcile our “commitment to workplace democracy” with the “other commitments that libertarians are inclined to have.” Here I suggest some answers.
Does workplace democracy really eliminate bosses?
Most libertarians, Chris notes, “would deny that granting all citizens a vote in […]
There’s a symposium on Rationalism, Pluralism, and Freedom starting today at Liberty Fund’s “Liberty Matters.” It will be continuing over the next couple of weeks. As befits the host site, the emphasis will be a bit more on the historical argument of the book than was the case for the BHL symposium. […]
Colleges are strange places. Ethnic and skin-color diversity are celebrated, but academic departments, administrators, and others actively and explicitly discriminate against people with diverse or different ideas. (E.g., I was on hiring committee recently in which the committee head said, “I don’t want to hire any more libertarians.” When the top candidate publication-wise turned […]
Suppose you see a cop using excessive force. Can you use violence to stop the cop? Suppose it’s wrong to criminalize pot. Can you violently resist a drug arrest? In general, is it morally permissible to use violence to defend yourself or others against government injustice? I think the answer is yes, or, more […]
A little over three years ago, I published an essay entitled, “Six Reasons Libertarians Should Reject the Non-Aggression Principle.” That essay kicked off a spirited debate, with notable responses from George Smith, David Gordon, and Julian Sanchez, among others.
Since then, I haven’t written much about the issue for the blogosphere. […]