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 […]
Last month I did an episode of the Free Thoughts Podcast over at Libertarianism.org.
Aaron Ross Powell, Trevor Burns, and I had a great discussion about toleration. Check it out here.
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 […]
Imagine that the creation of the U.S. Department of Marriage is announced tomorrow. The Department employs a team of social scientists tasked with predicting the outcomes of various marriage types. The team analyzes data about the effects of parental income, educational attainment, criminal record, job status, etc. on children’s health, depression, school performance, and long-term […]