Some Thoughts on Identity Politics

I have been thinking lately about identity politics. More precisely, why so many people deeply committed to nondiscrimination nevertheless are uncomfortable with identity politics. An initial difficulty is to define…

Private Wars

As I write these lines, innocent civilians are killed or threatened by rulers, warlords, or other groups throughout the world. As some of you know, for many years I have…

Rawls and Desert

I think John Rawls’s views on moral arbitrariness, as presented in A Theory Justice, make no sense. Rawls writes that inborn assets such as wealth, intelligence, and talent, should not…

The Immigrants I Know

We are seeing a tide of anti-immigrant sentiment in Europe. In this country the problem is considerably less severe; however, in a number of conservative quarters immigrants are blamed, against…

Immigration and Property Rights

In Justice at A Distance, Loren Lomasky and I defend a liberal position on immigration. Our proposal is much more permissive than any mainstream position I know. We do recognize,…