(Author’s note: this is a post about ideas, not politics. It is unrelated to current events. It simply examines the philosophical views expressed by our Chief Executive.)
In a number of speeches, the President has outlined his views on the legitimacy of government. Following the Tea Party success in 2010, he resolutely responded to those [...]
Consider this a Robin Hanson-style post.
Obama ran on transparency, civil liberties, press freedom, and a less militaristic foreign policy. However, his record is poor. His presidency has been more like a third Bush II term. How should we interpret that?
1. Obama was never sincere.
2. Obama was sincere, but power corrupts.
In a recent post, Bas van der Vossen urges libertarians to think more about human rights. I agree, so I write this commentary in the spirit of a friendly amendment.
I think it is important at the outset to distinguish two spheres of endeavor. The first is the academic study of human rights; [...]
[Editor's Note: Exciting things have happened as BHL has gotten more exposure, and as more people have heard our arguments about the importance of varying approaches to liberty as a force for cultural change. One of the exciting things is that we’ve discovered a BHL sub-culture in the arts/music world. We’ll be exploring connections between BHL [...]
The estimable Rod Long argues in an earlier post that we should stop the war on May Day by returning to its origins as a celebration of worker’s movements, rather than transforming it into a commemoration of the crimes of governments.
I’m more interested in the OTHER war on May Day.
Back in [...]
In the wake of the Boston attack, I thought I would share my view of what makes someone a terrorist. Defining terrorism has proven especially daunting. The main reason is that any definition is condemnatory. The word “terrorism” is not a purely descriptive term; it has strong negative connotations. No one says “I’m a proud [...]
Yesterday the Supreme Court issued a ruling that virtually ended more than 30 years of human rights litigation in United States courts. Starting with the landmark Filartiga case, foreigners have been able to rely on the Alien Tort Statute to bring suits in American courts against human rights violators, [...]
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