UPDATE MAY 23, 2001– It’s been a long time since I’ve posted anything, but here are some new items. First, I went through the formal ceremony at Oxford University for the D.Phil. degree. A few hours of Latin mumbling and lots of fun. My essay on “Saving Rights Theory from Its Friends” has come out in a very good (if I do say so myself) book from Hoover Institution Press edited by my friend Tibor Machan, Individual Rights Reconsidered. (You can order it soon from Laissez Faire Books or from Amazon.com; see my links below.) I was on the road a good bit in the last few months giving talks at various universities, including Harvard, Brandeis, Chicago, Minnesota, Virginia, Williams College, and Rochester Institute of Technology. I also met a lot of Cato Institute Sponsors, which was quite enjoyable. (They’re nice folks and I had the benefit of visiting a number of factories and even the Chicago futures market, which was fun.) I took part in a very stimulating conference of the Liberty Fund at Dartmouth College comparing the Confucian and Aristotelian traditions of virtue ethics. (I learned a lot.) June will take me to West Virginia and France to speak to the Charles G. Koch Summer Fellows and to the Foundation for Economic Education donor summit, the latter of which will celebrate the 200th birthday of the great French liberal Frederic Bastiat. I’ll be in Germany in July to give a week of talks in Gummersbach for the Paris-based Institute of Economic Studies. It’s Cato University in August at the Rancho Bernardo Inn from August 4 to 10 (visit www.cato-university.org for full information.) I hope that in October I’ll be in Berlin for a debate sponsored by the newly founded European College of Liberal Arts. And in November I’m scheduled to speak at the Francisco Marroquin University. I’m going to try to arrange to post more photos of activities, as well as links to articles I’ve published. Sorry I’ve been so irresponsible lately!
Welcome to my web site. It may change in the near future, but my friend P.J. Doland has done all the work to get it this far. (Thanks, PJ!) It’s got an updated version of my CV, as well as some articles I’ve published. (You’ll need Adobe Acrobat on your computer to be able to download and print the articles; the CV is in html. Some of the files are pretty large, but that allows you to have the same formatting and pagination as the published version. In future, I will be posting them in more easily downloaded electronic format.)
The Chinese symbol to the right is the word for liberty in ancient Chinese seal script. I had it carved on a massive “chop” during a visit to Beijing some years ago. When I showed it to an employee at my hotel to check that it was done properly (I can’t read Chinese), she said, “Ah…Freedom. So, you are from the U.S?” (I use it as the logo for Cato University, too, since the Sumerian ama-gi is used as the logo for Liberty Fund. That didn’t stop me, however, from having the Sumerian word tattooed on my right biceps, in memory of my very dear and much missed friend Eric Shoemaker, who had had it tattooed on his arm.) (UPDATE FROM MAY 23: I’ve now had the Chinese chop tattooed on the inside of my left forearm. Photo to follow.)
I’ll update this site with new articles, interesting links, and the like as I learn how ‘ and find the time ‘ to do so. I’ll probably also succumb in the next few months to the temptation to add information on my various interests — Alpine hiking, the Icelandic sagas, the works of Robert Musil, the history of central European liberalism, and the like, not to mention photos of my much adored cat, Wolly (short for Wollstonecraft). But then again, maybe not.
Tom G. Palmer
P.S. In the articles on the left, you will find one that is a response to Jeffrey Friedman’s article in Critical Review. You can read my article in isolation, but to appreciate Jeffrey’s side of the debate, it would be best to read his article ‘What’s Wrong with Libertarianism’ (Critical Review 11:1) and his response (as editor of the journal he gets the last word) to my rebuttal in the same issue as my article (Critical Review 12:3). They’re also posted.
- Laissez Faire Books
- Amazon.com Books
- Borders Books
- Institute of Economic Studies (Paris)
- Foundation for Economic Education
- Institute for Humane Studies
- Cato Institute
- Liberalismus (German language)