One has to be careful when making an argument for closing borders. The problem is that many of the arguments people offer lead to conclusions they are not prepared to endorse. The arguments for closing borders appear not just to be arguments for closing borders, but for censorship, voting restrictions, eugenics, internal migration restrictions, and […]
I’ve been asked a lot lately whether I am “still” a libertarian. One reason I think I’m asked this is that I spend a lot of time criticizing certain kinds of arguments familiar among libertarians and developing arguments for political positions that aren’t standard-fare libertarianism. But I realized that my work on public reason liberalism […]
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 […]