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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 published by Bloomsbury Academic in 2015. For additional information about libertarianism, this site, my books, and your host, please follow the links to the left.

New on the Blog

Danny Frederick, RIP

I learned earlier this week that Danny Frederick, my good friend and co-author, passed away after a long struggle with cancer. Although I feel we were close, this was a long-distance, internet friendship, as I never spoke to him in person. We met online about a decade ago when we found ourselves arguing a few times on the same side at the now-defunct, “Bleeding Heart Libertarian” site. One thing I noticed early on was how polite and gracious he was even to the less than stellar intellects you inevitably encounter on such blogs. I subsequently learned this was his critical rationalism at work, seizing every opportunity to deepen one’s knowledge by engaging with a variety of different perspectives, including ones that seem clearly false.   Continue Reading »

The Strongest Libertarian Case For Immigration Control

In April of last year, Danny Frederick and I published our paper, “The Liberal Case for Immigration Control,” in the peer-reviewed journal Cosmos + Taxis. In it, we articulated what we continue to regard as the best libertarian/classical liberal argument against open borders. The forthcoming Routledge Companion to Libertarianism, Zwolinski and Powell eds., will include a chapter on immigration written by Hrishikesh Joshi. Although Joshi considers a variety of arguments favoring limits on free migration, he ignores ours. We believe this is a mistake, and have drafted a short Note explaining why, which is linked to here.