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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). My second book on this subject, Libertarian Philosophy in the Real World: The Politics of Natural Rights, was just published by Bloomsbury Academic. For additional information about libertarianism, this site, my books, and your host, please follow the links to the left.

New on the Blog

Internal Migration and Open Borders

One of the common arguments heard in libertarian circles in favor of open borders is that it is impossible to distinguish, in any morally relevant way, between internal migration and the regulation of movement across international boundaries. To illustrate, assume that residents of Maryland, upon moving to Virginia, commit violent crimes at a much higher rate than the natives. We should, according to this reasoning, nevertheless condemn Virginia if it reacted by closing its borders. Thus, it is asserted that even if migrants were much more likely to commit serious crimes here than natives, this would still not justify immigration restrictions. Continue Reading »

Blowback or Blather?

As used by libertarians and other critics of US foreign policy, “blowback” is the bad stuff that happens when we stray from a foreign policy of non-interventionism, the essence of which is that we defend our homeland, and observe a benign neutrality elsewhere. Blowback is frequently invoked as an explanation for the rise of ISIS and for recent terrorist acts committed here and in France.[1] Ron Paul, the former congressman and presidential candidate is certainly one of the most influential spokesman for this position. Accordingly, it may be an opportune time to examine the case he makes for it in his best-selling book, The Revolution: A Manifesto (2008), Chapter 2.   Continue Reading »