Rationalism, Pluralism, and Freedom taught me a great deal of history and history of political theory. It also contains the compelling, historically and philosophically valid, distinction between two types of liberal political theorizing – rationalist and pluralist liberalisms. One of the most important points in the book is Jacob’s claim that the two strands cannot […]
Well, my next post was going to troll you all really hard by arguing that disagreements about sexual morality are reasonable. Then Bas had to come along and upset my bothering-you-about-religion-groove. So blame him for a relatively tamer post.
My last post set off a bit of a firestorm, which I expected. Following J’s friendly amendment, I thought I’d write up something quick to explain a bit more what I mean by a reasonable belief and how that’s connected to my project in religion and politics. I plan to do two more […]
Brink Lindsey ends his recent post with the following question, one that continues to plague political philosophy,
If liberal neutrality does have limits, where are they and how do you know them when you see them?
The point of this post is to briefly outline a version of liberal neutrality I find philosophically attractive, […]
“Reason is man’s only absolute,” Ayn Rand famously declared. Similarly, Murray Rothbard thought that reason uniquely vindicated the non-aggression principle on pain of self-contradiction, for “the preservation and furtherance of one’s life takes on the stature of an incontestable axiom” (The Ethics of Liberty, 33). Mises claimed that that the problems of social policy […]
I have claimed in a number of my recent posts that libertarians have failed to recognize the potential for authoritarianism in their refusal to submit their property claims to the test of public justification. Ordinary, unreconstructed libertarians must be prepared to use coercion to impose property rights claims on those […]