In my most recent post I compared the moral status quo among political philosophers to a frozen sea. That frozen expanse separates, on one coast, libertarians and classical liberals and, on the other, (self-described) high liberals of various sorts. The classical liberals and libertarians affirm the importance of private economic liberty and are skeptical of […]
Everyone knows that libertarians like free markets. Even we Bleeding Heart Libertarians spend an awful lot of time talking about the economic implications of libertarianism. And it would be easy to infer from this that libertarians care about economic freedom to the neglect of all other freedoms. One might even go on to conclude that […]
Bleeding heart libertarianism (BHL) suggests a new research agenda. As I mentioned in my previous posting, I see that BHL agenda as having two main parts. One invites bleeding heart libertarians to develop a rival normative vision of what free societies owe the poor; the other invites libertarians to defend economic liberty in new ways. […]
What does it mean to be a bleeding heart libertarian? Here is one answer: “To be a bleeding heart libertarian means to have a concern for the poor that, in content and intensity, equals that of traditional bleeding heart liberals.” Looked at this way, familiar normative disputes get reduced to (somewhat less familiar) empirical ones. […]
I’m very excited to announce that for the next week or so, John Tomasi will guest blogging for us here at Bleeding Heart Libertarians.
John is Professor of Political Science and Philosophy at Brown University, where he is the founding director of The Political Theory Project. His first book,
Ron Paul’s recent public statements endorsing the legalization of heroin have caught him some flak, and not just from political conservatives. Meanwhile, in university-land, I’ve just wrapped up another semester where we’ve spent some time surveying philosophers’ contributions to the drug legalization debate.
The difference is striking.
In politics, today, […]