Welcome

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

Democracy and the Rule of Law: Some Additional Thoughts

I have devoted a number of posts on this site to explicating the proper understanding of the rule of law, and its fraught relationship to representative democracy. In a previous post, I describe the threat posed to individual rights by the majority’s desire to finance their own consumption at the expense of other citizens, or even more expediently, by stealing from future generations. But recent events have reminded me that there may be an even more sinister force at work, namely the electorate’s gross ignorance of modern political history and the rudiments of economics. A case in point is Venezuela’s unfortunate history over the last 15 years. Continue Reading »

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 »