Over at the terrific Moorfield Storey Blog, James Peron weighs in on a subject near-and-dear to the BHL Project: “Why Libertarians Need to Talk With the Left and How to Do It.” I haven’t much to add except my hearty endorsement!
In this post, I will introduce various forms of the self-ownership thesis, the claim that persons are sole and extensive owners of themselves and the fruits of their labors. In academic philosophy, libertarianism is almost defined by endorsing the self-ownership thesis. It is what unites philosophical left-libertarians and philosophical right-libertarians. But the self-ownership thesis can […]
President Obama said in his State of the Union that one of his goals is to reduce wealth inequality, and advocated increased taxes on the rich to do that. His critics gave two answers. The first is that higher taxes will stymie growth, and the second is that the President is waging class warfare.
This week is National School Choice Week. School choice is a subject we haven’t really discussed on this blog. But (at least in my own case), that’s a product of a relative lack of expertise, rather than a lack of interest. Bleeding Heart Libertarians care about the way in which freedom can serve the […]
I want to thank Matt for the invitation to blog through the semester at BHL. And contrary to Steve Horwitz’s depiction I don’t roll my eyes at the phase “bleeding heart libertarianism” but at the state of intellectual play in academia, and our broader intellectual culture, that makes the introduction of such an adjective […]
Last post, I claimed that lots of libertarians are consequentialists. In this post, I want to try and state the kind of consequentialism I think most libertarians would sign on to if asked. This is the conception of consequentialism that is “implicit” in the writings of most (non-philosopher) libertarian consequentialists.
Let me be circumspect: […]