About the Blog Bleeding Heart Libertarians is a blog about free markets and social justice. All of us who blog at this site are, broadly speaking, libertarians. In particular, we are libertarians who believe that addressing the needs of the economically vulnerable by remedying injustice, engaging in benevolence, fostering mutual aid, and encouraging the flourishing of free markets is both practically and morally important. The libertarian tradition is home to multiple figures and texts modeling commitment both to individual liberty and to consistent concern for the marginalized, both here and abroad. We seek here to revive, energize, and extend that tradition—to demonstrate that contemporary libertarians can, in addition to their traditional vindication of individual liberty, offer effective, powerful, and innovative responses to the problems of economic vulnerability and injustice and to their social, political, and cultural consequences. You can contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. New readers are especially encouraged to look at some of the following posts for a better introduction to some of our core ideas:
- Bleeding Heart Libertarianism – Matt Zwolinski
- Neoclassical Liberalism: How I’m Not a Libertarian – Jason Brennan
- The Department of the Difference Principle (Or: Confused Reasons to Reject Social Justice) – Jason Brennan
- A Difference Between Philosophy and Politics – Jacob Levy
- Whence I Advene – Roderick Long
- Embracing Markets, Opposing “Capitalism” – Gary Chartier
- What is Bleeding Heart Libertarianism? Part One: Three Types of BHL – Matt Zwolinski
- Why I Am a Bleeding Heart Libertarian – Fernando Teson
- A Different Distinction – Jacob Levy
- What is Bleeding Heart Libertarianism? Part Two: Strong BHL – Matt Zwolinski
- Why I am a Bleeding Heart Ideal Libertarian – Andrew Cohen
- Social Justice vs. Self-Ownership: The Case of Libertarians Great and Small – Kevin Vallier
- Neo-Rawlsian Libertarianism: Two Principles of Justice for Bleeding Hearts – Kevin Vallier
- Zeroing in on “Social Justice” – Jason Brennan
- Against Social Justice – Jacob Levy
- Social Justice as Emergent Property – Kevin Vallier
- Getting Over Social Justice – Matt Zwolinski
- A Libertarian Mungerfesto (Parts 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5) – Mike Munger
About the Bloggers
Matt Zwolinski is Associate Professor of Philosophy at the University of San Diego, and co-director of the university’s Institute for Law and Philosophy. He has published close to twenty articles on the morality of sweatshop labor, price gouging, liberty and libertarian political theory. He is the editor of Arguing About Political Philosophy (Routledge, 2009), and is currently writing two books, one entitled Exploitation, Capitalism, and the State, and another called A Brief History of Libertarianism, with John Tomasi. He holds a PhD from the University of Arizona and serves as a member of the editorial board of the Business Ethics Quarterly. Follow him on twitter @mattzwolinski, or on Facebook.
Jason Brennan is Assistant Professor of Business and Philosophy at Georgetown University. He is the author of The Ethics of Voting (Princeton University Press, 2011), and A Brief History of Liberty (Wiley-Blackwell, 2010), co-authored with David Schmidtz. He has published scholarly articles in journals such Philosophy and Phenomenological Research, Philosophical Quarterly, the Australasian Journal of Philosophy, Ratio, and Social Philosophy and Policy.He was formerly Assistant Professor of Philosophy, Research, at Brown University. He earned his PhD in philosophy from the University of Arizona. Brennan writes primarily on competence and political power, democratic theory, voting ethics, and civic virtue.
Jacob Levy is Tomlinson Professor of Political Theory, Associate Professor of Political Science, affiliate faculty in the Department of Philosophy, and coordinator of the Research Group on Constitutional Studies at McGill University. He holds an LL.M. from the University of Chicago Law School and a Ph.D. from Princeton. He studies multiculturalism and nationalism; constitutional theory and federalism; and the history of political thought, primarily liberal thought in early modernity. He is the author of The Multiculturalism of Fear (2000) and of over twenty articles in books and in journals including Political Theory, the American Political Science Review, History of Political Thought, and Hypatia, as well as the editor or co-editor of the Oxford Handbook on Classics in Political Theory (forthcoming), Nomos LV: Federalism and Subsidiarity (forthcoming), Colonialism and Its Legacies (2011), the Encyclopedia of Political Theory (2010), and theBroadview Anthology of Political Thought (2007, 2008). He is an adjunct scholar at the Cato Institute and a member of the Academic Review Committee of the Institute for Humane Studies. Follow him on Twitter.
Andrew J. Cohen is Associate Professor of Philosophy at Georgia State University. He has published articles in journals including Ethics, the Canadian Journal of Philosophy, the Southern Journal of Philosophy, the American Philosophical Quarterly, the Pacific Philosophical Quarterly, and the Journal of Ethics. He holds a PhD from Georgetown University.
Daniel Shapiro is Professor of Philosophy at the University of West Virginia. He is the author of Is the Welfare State Justified? (2007) and of close to twenty scholarly articles appearing in books and in journals including the Journal of Political Philosophy, Law and Philosophy, Social Philosophy and Policy, and Philosophical Studies. After graduating from Vassar College, he earned a PhD from the University of Minnesota.
Fernando Tesón, a native of Buenos Aires, is the Tobias Simon Eminent Scholar at Florida State University College of Law. He is known for his scholarship relating political philosophy to international law (in particular his defense of humanitarian intervention), and his work on political rhetoric. He has authored Humanitarian Intervention: An Inquiry into Law and Morality (3rd ed fully revised and updated, Transnational Publishers 2005); Rational Choice and Democratic Deliberation (Cambridge University Press 2006) [with Guido Pincione]; A Philosophy of International Law (Westview Press 1998); and many articles in law, philosophy, and international relations journals and collections of essays. He is currently working on a book on global justice with Loren Lomasky of the University of Virginia. Before joining Florida State in 2002, he taught for 17 years at at Arizona State University. He has served as visiting professor at Cornell Law School, Indiana University School of Law, University of California Hastings College of Law, the Oxford-George Washington International Human Rights Program, and the Universidad Torcuato Di Tella, Buenos Aires. He holds dual U.S. and Argentine citizenship.
James Stacey Taylor is Professor of Philosophy at the College of New Jersey. He holds a PhD from Bowling Green State University. He is the author of Stakes and Kidneys: Why Markets in Human Body Parts are Morally Imperative (2005) and of articles in journals including the American Philosophical Quarterly, Social Philosophy and Policy, the Public Affairs Quarterly, and Philosophia, and the editor of Personal Autonomy: New Essays (2005).
Roderick T. Long is a senior fellow of the Ludwig von Mises Institute, Professor of Philosophy at Auburn University, and president of both the Molinari Institute and Molinari Society. He is the author of Reason and Value: Aristotle versus Rand (2000) and Wittgenstein, Austrian Economics, and the Logic of Action (forthcoming), as well as of articles in journals including Social Philosophy and Policy and Utilitas and the co-editor (with Tibor Machan) of Anarchism/Minarchism: Is a Government Part of a Free Country? (2008). He holds a PhD from Cornell University and blogs at Austro-Athenian Empire.
Gary Chartier is Professor of Law and Business Ethics at La Sierra University, where he also serves as Associate Dean of the School of Business. He is the author of four books—Anarchy and Legal Order (2013), The Conscience of an Anarchist (2011), Economic Justice and Natural Law (2009), and The Analogy of Love (2007)—and of some thirty scholarly articles in journals including the Oxford Journal of Legal Studies, Legal Theory, the Canadian Journal of Law and Jurisprudence, and Ratio Juris, as well as the co-editor (with Charles W. Johnson) of Markets Not Capitalism: Individualist Anarchism against Bosses, Inequality, Corporate Power, and Structural Poverty. A graduate of the University of Cambridge (PhD, 1991) and the University of California at Los Angeles (JD, 2001), he serves as a trustee and senior fellow of the Center for a Stateless Society and blogs at LiberaLaw.
Steve Horwitz is Charles A. Dana Professor of Economics at St. Lawrence University in Canton, NY and an Affiliated Senior Scholar at the Mercatus Center in Arlington, VA. He is the author of two books, Microfoundations and Macroeconomics: An Austrian Perspective (Routledge, 2000) and Monetary Evolution, Free Banking, and Economic Order (Westview, 1992), and he has written extensively on Austrian economics, Hayekian political economy, monetary theory and history, and the economics and social theory of gender and the family. His work has been published in professional journals such as History of Political Economy, Southern Economic Journal, and The Cambridge Journal of Economics. He has also done public policy research for the Mercatus Center, Heartland Institute, Citizens for a Sound Economy, and the Cato Institute, with his most recent work being on the role of Wal-Mart and other big box stores in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Horwitz serves as the book review editor of the Review of Austrian Economics, is a contributing editor of The Freeman, where he also has a weekly online column, and is a frequent guest on Fox Business’s Freedom Watch. He has a PhD in Economics from George Mason University and an AB in Economics and Philosophy from The University of Michigan. He is currently working on a book on classical liberalism and the family.
Kevin Vallier is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Bowling Green State University. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Arizona in 2011 and has published articles appearing in journals such as Utilitas, The Journal of Moral Philosophy, Philosophical Studies, Public Affairs Quarterly, Philosophy and Social Criticism and The Australasian Journal of Philosophy. Vallier’s areas of interest lie within political philosophy, political economy, normative ethics and philosophy of religion. He is presently writing a book manuscript on the proper place of religious commitment in liberal politics tentatively titled Beyond Separation: Uniting Liberal Politics and Public Faith,which Routledge will publish in 2014.
Jessica Flanigan works on political philosophy and applied ethics. This year she is a ABD at Princeton’s Program in Political Philosophy and a visiting scholar at Brown University. Next semester, she will join the Jepson School of Leadership Studies at University of Richmond. Her dissertation, Liberal Medicine, explores the ethics of pharmaceutical regulation. There she argues that prohibitive pre-market testing requirements and prescription drug systems are seriously unjust because they violate citizens’ rights of self-medication and are discriminatory. More generally, she is interested in bioethics, leadership ethics, feminism, liberalism, business ethics, normative ethics, political economy, and philosophy of law.
Sarah Skwire is the author of the college writing textbook, Writing with a Thesis, which is in its 12th edition. Sarah has published a range of academic articles on subjects from Shakespeare to Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and her writing has appeared in journals as varied as Literature and Medicine, The George Herbert Journal, and The Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization. She writes a regular book review column, Book Value, for the Freeman Online. Sarah’s work on literature and economics has also appeared in the Freeman and in Cato Unbound, and she is an occasional lecturer for IHS, SFL, and other organizations. Her poetry has appeared, among other places, in Standpoint, The New Criterion, and The Vocabula Review. She graduated with honors in English from Wesleyan University, and earned a MA and PhD in English from the University of Chicago. Sarah is also a full-time Fellow at Liberty Fund, Inc., a non-profit educational foundation.
Bas van der Vossen is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at the University of North Carolina Greensboro. He received his DPhil from Oxford University and has published articles in journals such as Law and Philosophy, Politics, Philosophy, and Economics, and Oxford Journal of Legal Studies. His research interests lie in political philosophy and the philosophy of law. He has written on topics such as state legitimacy, the duty to obey the law, and original appropriation.
Michael Munger is Professor of Political Science, Economics, and Public Policy, and Director of the PPE Program at Duke University. He has won three University-wide teaching awards (the Howard Johnson Award, an NAACP “Image” Award for teaching about race, and admission to the Bass Society of Teaching Fellows). His research interests include the study of the morality of exchange and the working of legislative institutions in producing policy. Much of his recent work has been in philosophy, examining the concept of truly voluntary exchange, a concept for which he coined the term “euvoluntary.” He has created a new blog devoted to investigating examples of, and controversies about, euvoluntary exchange. His primary blog, Kids Prefer Cheese, is an irreverent look at policy, politics, and the foibles of pundits everywhere.
Christopher Freiman is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at the College of William & Mary. He received his PhD from the University of Arizona in 2010 and his work has appeared in venues such as the Australasian Journal of Philosophy, Pacific Philosophical Quarterly, Philosophical Studies, and Utilitas. His research interests include distributive justice, democratic theory, and liberalism.
Peter Jaworski is Assistant Teaching Professor of Strategy, Ethics, Economics and Public Policy at the McDonough School of Business at Georgetown University. He is the author (with Jason Brennan) of Markets without Limits: Moral Virtues and Commercial Interests (Routledge, 2015). He has published or has forthcoming articles in journals including Ethics, The Canadian Journal of Law and Jurisprudence, University of Pennsylvania Journal of Constitutional Law Online, Ethical Theory and Moral Practice, Journal of Value Inquiry, and the Journal of Business Ethics. He holds an MSc in Philosophy and Public Policy from the London School of Economics, and received his PhD in Philosophy in 2012 from Bowling Green State University. He is a co-founder, and sits on the board of the Institute for Liberal Studies, and is a senior fellow with the Canadian Constitution Foundation.
Lauren Hall is associate professor of political science at Rochester Institute of Technology. She is the author of Family and the Politics of Moderation (Baylor University Press, 2014) and the co-editor of a volume on the political philosophy of French political thinker Chantal Delsol. She has written extensively on the classical liberal tradition, including articles on Edmund Burke, Adam Smith, and Montesquieu. She serves on the editorial board of the interdisciplinary journal Cosmos+Taxis, which publishes on spontaneous orders in the social and political worlds. Her current research is on the politics of women and the family in classical liberalism, and she also writes on related areas in evolutionary theory and bioethics.