I’m busy writing a book defending public reason liberalism, which explains my blogging hiatus. J can blog and write books at the same time; that has proven hard for me.
So I’ll take a break from book writing to offer you a quick argument for the view I defend in the book. Let’s assume for the […]
Think nothing can be done? Vote for Gary Johnson. Let’s work on getting moralistic and paternalistic laws off the books so that there is less policing in the first place. No, this isn’t easy, but changing federal law (POTUS doesn’t do this directly, but can have an affect) and having a SCOTUS that will […]
I’m glad we are having this discussion about virtue and libertarianism. In general outline, I’m fine with the general thesis Sorens and Ruger propound that virtue and liberty are compatible and synergistic. But I don’t see how they can claim to know that the activities they say are incompatible with virtue or living a good […]
One of the most important insights of both the classical liberal tradition and the new and the growing (and not necessarily classical liberal) multi-disciplinary study of social norms is that the state is not the primary source of social order. Most of social life is governed by moral and legal conventions not created by the […]
A few weeks ago I ran across a few references to the acronym TERF, which stands for trans-exclusionary radical feminists. These references came from wildly divergent political sources (Slate and Breitbart, among others), which may be what made me pay attention. I’m not sure the movement itself is very important or has much staying power. […]
Sarah Skwire and I, along with a group of friends, have started a new project and associated website: Scholars Without Borders. I reprint our statement of purpose immediately below and follow with a couple of comments.
The movement to Boycott, Divest from, and Sanction (BDS) Israel by shutting down intellectual exchange with […]