Judging by the comments to my last post, by some of the defenses of Sanders I’ve seen, and by articles by people like Stephen Macedo, many people think something like the following is a good argument for trade or immigration restrictions:
1. The government of a just democratic society has special fiduciary duties to promote […]
Buckle up, folks, for a frightening fairy tale.
Once upon a time, Andy bought cheese from Bob. But then Andy decided he wanted instead to buy cheese from Charlie, a very poor person who lives overseas. (If you prefer, make the story that Andy specifically bought cheese from Charlie’s employer, […]
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 […]
As has been widely reported, leaked draft language of the Trans-Pacific Partnership features expanded and more rigid protections for trademarks, copyrights, and patents, which raises the question of whether libertarians ought to support the trade agreement. While libertarianism includes a strong defense of free trade and trade liberalization generally, it is ambivalent on […]
I have not been blogging lately because I’ve been working with Loren Lomasky on a book about global justice. Its provisional title is Justice at a Distance. Here are the main ideas of the book.
1) Our main duty toward distant others is a duty of noninterference with their personal projects. This […]
Sophisticated critics of sweatshop labor recognize that sweatshop jobs make workers better off, but argue that sweatshops should do more to improve the lives of workers – that they should make them even better off by paying higher wages, or providing better working conditions.