Rationalism, Pluralism, and Freedom taught me a great deal of history and history of political theory. It also contains the compelling, historically and philosophically valid, distinction between two types of liberal political theorizing – rationalist and pluralist liberalisms. One of the most important points in the book is Jacob’s claim that the two strands cannot […]
Many have been surprised by the rapid surge of the issue of income inequality. Thomas Piketty’s book spawned academic and popular interest in the topic. The idea that the main problem in society is income inequality was quickly and enthusiastically embraced by left-leaning philosophers, economists and, in an unusual move, by politicians […]
No region in the world is more afflicted by conflict than the Middle East. Without even touching on the nightmare that is ISIS, consider two issues.
The West and Iran have a number of choices in implementing the nuclear agreement. If the analysts are to be believed, everything is strategic. The West […]
I’m writing a book tentatively entitled Must Politics Be War? where I argue that publicly justified moral and political institutions allow people who deeply disagree about fundamental matters to live together well in moral peace with one another. I deny that our political battles must be naked power-grabs to bludgeon others with our sectarian views. Instead, politics can be […]
The August Cato Unbound is now up, and the topic is the role of the family in political theory. Friend of BHL Lauren Hall has the lead essay, which is up, and I have the first reply, which will be out on Wednesday. Head on over and read some good stuff.
[The following is a guest post by Lauren K. Hall, Assistant Professor of Political Science at Rochester Institute of Technology.]
Christopher Freiman thinks it might be time to legalize polygamy now that same-sex marriage is a legally protected right nation-wide. I’m not so sure.
Freiman’s main contention is that “all of the standard […]