Billy Christmas (who was part of the same MANCEPT 2014 workshop as me (“The Current State of Libertarian Political Philosophy”) in September, and who also participated in the Molinari Society’s symposium on libertarianism and privilege with me this past December) writes to tell me that he is convening a workshop on “Lockean Libertarianism” […]
Speaking of Dan Russell, and speaking of self-ownership, if you don’t follow Dan’s work, you should. Here’s his webpage at the University of Arizona. Here’s his most recent book on happiness. And below is a video he did recently with Learn Liberty on “Self-Ownership and the Right to Say ‘No.’”
I was lucky enough to spend yesterday in Tucson, talking with George Smith, Roderick Long, Kevin Vallier, Dan Russell, David Schmidtz, Charles Johnson and others about the history of libertarianism book that I’m writing with John Tomasi. During the course of a discussion of property and self-ownership, George brought to my attention a rather striking […]
There are two ways one can go wrong with regard to the non-aggression principle (NAP).
One way to go wrong is to treat the NAP as a rigid, out-of-context principle that can be applied fairly mechanically with little attention to other values or to the details of the situation.
The other way to go […]
For my first few posts, I want to write some things about rights. I plan to write on human rights and on property rights in the future. But first I want to address natural rights.
Among philosophers the idea of natural rights is not very popular. And that is putting it mildly. But the grounds […]
(The following is a bit messy–it’s extracted from comments I gave at a colloquium a year ago. But I’d like to share anyways.)
I never make self-ownership-type arguments. Yet, if you ask me whether people are self-owners, I’d say, sure. Some left-liberals claim to find the idea perplexing, but I think that’s because they’re perplexed […]