Political Theory


Enduring Democracy and Limited Government

I just found (thanks to snooping around some emails) the text of the Julian L. Simon Memoral Lecture I gave in 2009 in New Delhi on “Democracy and Limited Government:…

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Latin America: A Brighter Future for Colombia Liberty, and Power Failure for Venezuelan Dictatorship?, OR, Enduring Democracy and Limited Government

The Colombian Constitutional Court has put a stop to the principle of “President for Life” (BBC: “Colombian judges deny Alvaro Uribe third term poll“) A Power Failure for Chavez (BBC:…

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Revival of a Great Classical Liberal Journal: The Journal des Économistes et des Études Humaines

Thanks to the good work of Pierre Garello and Philippe Maitre, a great journal lives again. (Click on the image to the left for more details.)

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Right to Carry Case in Today’s Washington Post

Yours truly in today’s Washington Post: “Plaintiff in handgun case is suing D.C. for right carry firearms in public” It was a good chance to head out to the shooting…

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End of Life Choices

Some find this a difficult topic to discuss, but it’s going to happen to all of us (well, probably), so it’s childish to avoid it. Yes, I’m discussing death. Jamie…

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Movie Stories and Collective Property

David Boaz and John Locke on the rights of the Na’vi: “Collective Property Rights in Avatar?” (Note: I haven’t seen the movie, but it’s not necessary to understand the issues…

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Realizing Freedom Reviewed in Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung

The FAZ, one of the most influential newspapers in Europe, reviewed my book Realizing Freedom and Detmar Doering’s very good Traktat über die Freiheit. The reviewer, Professor Michael Zöller, is…

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Is the Welfare State Justified?

My old friend Danny Shapiro on Book TV on his very good book of the same name: “Is the Welfare State Justified?” The book is a very serious and —…

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The Case for Divided Government: Bring Back Bubba (and Newt?)

David Boaz waxes nostalgic in the Washington Times for the days when government was almost, sorta, kinda limited, compared to now: “We Miss You, Bubba“

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Escaping from the State….and other Literary Excursions

I’ve finished a careful reading of James C. Scott’s really fascinating, deeply insightful (and occasionally oddly not-very-insightful) book The Art of Not Being Governed: An Anarchist History of Upland Southeast…

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