A little over three years ago, I published an essay entitled, “Six Reasons Libertarians Should Reject the Non-Aggression Principle.” That essay kicked off a spirited debate, with notable responses from George Smith, David Gordon, and Julian Sanchez, among others.
Since then, I haven’t written much about the issue for the blogosphere. […]
As discussed before on BHL, David Sobel offers a powerful objection to self-ownership. If we may not infringe on a person’s self-ownership rights, then a huge number of seemingly innocuous activities become impermissible. When I pull my car out of the driveway, I emit a small amount of pollution—a few particles of which will […]
In chapter 9 of Global Justice as Global Freedom, Bas van der Vossen and I defend free trade from various attacks from various philosophers. Here’s an excerpt from the beginning of the chapter, in which we try to show that there is a moral presumption in favor of free trade, and that restrictionists bear the burden […]
Bobby is a brilliant scientist. So brilliant, in fact, that he builds a functional atomic bomb in his garage. Of course, Bobby strictly adheres to the non-aggression principle, so he has no plans to use his bomb to attack others. But he’s proud of his scientific accomplishment and hangs the bomb on his fireplace mantel […]
In honor of Open Borders Day, here is an excerpt from the current draft of Global Justice as Global Freedom, which Bas and I are writing for Oxford University Press. This excerpt comes from the end of chapter 5. In chapter 5, we make the preliminary case for open borders. In chapters 6 and 7, we respond to […]
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 […]