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 […]
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.
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 […]
Philosopher Robert Talisse just interviewed me for New Books in Philosophy about my new book, Liberal Politics and Public Faith: Beyond Separation. You can listen or download the audio file here or download the podcast in iTunes through New Books in Philosophy. It was a great discussion and we were fortunate to […]
Is it time to grant polygamous marriages the same legal recognition as monogamous marriages? I think it is and here’s why: all of the standard objections to polygamous marriage can apply to heterosexual monogamous marriage as well.
One important objection is that polygamous marriages tend to reinforce traditional, inegalitarian gender norms. This strikes me as […]
I have a new working paper at SSRN on the role of unsupervised childhood play in enabling children to learn the skills and attitudes central to democracy and liberalism. It expands on a section of Chapter 8 of my forthcoming book Hayek’s Modern Family.
Here’s the paper’s abstract:
Abstract: Unsupervised childhood […]