(Trigger warning: While this post does not discuss rapes and assaults in detail, the article linked in the first paragraph does.)
On Valentine’s Day, Rolling Stone published an article titled The Rape of Petty Officer Blumer. In meticulous and horrifying detail it traces the experiences of Petty Officer 2nd Class Rebecca Blumer as [...]
The current online kerfuffle among libertarians (and Horwitz and I had nothing to do with this one!) involves labels. Glenn Beck has recently relabeled himself from conservative to libertarian. Alexander McCobin, the president of Students for Liberty, joined a lot of other long-time libertarians in questioning the sincerity of that relabeling, [...]
A few weeks back, I posted an essay at Libertarianism.org arguing that property rights necessarily restrict freedom. I noted in that post that I thought that property rights enhance freedom in certain ways too, and promised to go into that more in a future post.
Thanks to a skirmish with David Friedman [...]
The Institute for Humane Studies has some great opportunities for graduate students who might be interested in honing their research and teaching skills this summer:
The Symposia on Scholarship & a Free Society bring graduate students together with leading classical liberal scholars from a range of disciplines for a weekend of discussion and research presentations. [...]
Libertarians regularly argue about the relationship between their political commitments and their “moral views.” The disagreement seems to proceed by answers to two questions.
1. Do libertarian political commitments imply moral commitments?
2. If yes, which moral commitments?
Those who answer “No” to the first question are sometimes called “thin” libertarians, [...]
Advocating having other people fight isn’t bravery. Advocating not sending them to fight isn’t cowardice.
UPDATE: This in response to Coulter, at SFL, calling libertarians [bleep! cowards] for advocating peace.
The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy has an excellent new entry up by Samuel Fleishacker on “Adam Smith’s Moral and Political Philosophy.” The whole thing is worth reading, including the extremely helpful summary of Smith’s complicated moral theory as developed in his Theory of Moral Sentiments.
But for most readers of this blog, it is [...]
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