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This site is devoted to advancing the rights-based political philosophy first articulated by John Locke and championed prominently in our day by the late Robert Nozick in his classic Anarchy, State, and Utopia [1974].  It will do so by explaining minimal state libertarianism in a way that is accessible to the intelligent general reader and by hosting a forum that will subject its key ideas to scrutiny and debate.

I make my own modest contribution to this cause in my book, Nozick’s Libertarian Project: An Elaboration and Defense (London: Continuum International, 2011). I have a second book on this subject, Libertarian Philosophy in the Real World: The Politics of Natural Rights, forthcoming at the end of this year. For additional information about libertarianism, this site, my book, and your host, please follow the links to the left.

New on the Blog

Nozick and Hayek on Property Rights

Chapter 2 of my new book, Libertarian Philosophy in the Real World: The Politics of Natural Rights (forthcoming by the end of the year), provides a concise moral justification of property rights, and then discusses the threat posed to them by eminent domain, regulatory takings, and zoning. In arguing that economic liberty is entitled to the same deference accorded other freedoms, I draw on the insights of Robert Nozick and F. A. Hayek, and I wish to very briefly draw attention here to a certain convergence in their ideas. Continue Reading »

Danny Frederick’s Review of NLP in Reason Papers

Reply to Danny Frederick’s Review Essay of Nozick’s Libertarian Project (“NLP”), in Reason Papers Vol. 36, no. 1 (henceforth “RP”)

I wish to start by thanking Danny Frederick for investing his time in reading and carefully critiquing my book. If all critics were as meticulous and fair as Danny has been to me, there would be far more constructive engagement between philosophers, and much less of theorists fruitlessly talking past each other. I concentrate below on which I regard as the key points raised in his Review EssayContinue Reading »