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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

Open Borders, Again

I have written two previous posts on libertarianism and immigration, here and here, and devoted a section in Chapter 10 of my Libertarian Philosophy in the Real World to this subject. So, naturally, I was intrigued when Christopher Freiman and Javier Hidalgo offered a five-part blog series on this question at the Bleeding Hearts Libertarian site. The first four parts argued that a commitment to open borders is an integral part of classical liberalism; the final post purported to answer objections to this view. For convenience, I reproduce it below. Continue Reading »

Classical Liberalism RIP, Part II

As outlined in the first part of this essay, the political institutions established by our constitution were the natural consequence of the framers’ classical liberalism. For them, the purpose of government was essentially, in Nozick’s words, “protecting all its citizens against violence, theft, fraud and the enforcement of contracts.” (ASU, 26). Sadly, as our society has become ever more aware of the dignity and equality of all human beings, we less and less respect the autonomy that gives rise to our special moral status.   Continue Reading »