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National Sovereignty and Immigration

Rights Theory, Liberalism Jay: “I advocate open borders.”Lots of people Left and Right: “What, you don’t believe in national sovereignty?”Jay: “Well, no, but even if I did, invoking national sovereignty doesn’t resolve the issue.” Many people think something like the following argument is sound:1. States have a right to national sovereignty.2. National...

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Political Stability in the Open Society

Links, Rights Theory John Thrasher and I have published an article in the American Journal of Political Science, “Political Stability in the Open Society,” that BHL readers may find of interest. If you’re interested in how to have a diverse and free but stable social order, take a look. I’m cross-posting the blog post linked here. In “Political Stability in the...

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Promises and the Right to Resist Injustice

Rights Theory I’ve been working on a project called When All Else Fails: Resistance to State Injustice. The thesis is of the book is simple: We have exactly the same rights of self-defense and defense of others against state injustice that we have against civilians. In the later chapters, I argue this holds true even if you are an agent of the government. (For...

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It’s Not a Thought Experiment Anymore

Rights Theory, Toleration (co-authored with Steve Horwitz) We all know the thought experiment. There are a million versions of it. What do you do if the Nazis show up? Do you hide your Jewish neighbors in your attic? Do you protest in the streets? Do you throw stones at the Nazis’ parades? Do you shoot them on sight? What are your ethical limits? What are the limits of a civil society? Is it okay to punch...

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Hurting Low-Information Voters’ Wittle Feelings

Rights Theory, Democracy Opinion-haver Claire Lehmann calls me out for calling low-information voters low-information: A pernicious term used for those who voted for Trump and Brexit is the “low information voter”. Most likely uneducated, the low information voter doesn’t know much about “the issues”. He votes according to his gut feeling. He sabotages delicate democratic systems with the blunt exercise of...

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Intervention and Revolution

Announcements, Rights Theory I’ve been writing lately about war. Bas van der Vossen and I have a volume upcoming at Oxford University Press entitled Debating Humanitarian Intervention. Today I published a post over at the Stockholm Center for the Ethics of War and Peace summarizing my views on the relationship between intervention and revolution, presented in Chapter 3 of the book. Here’s the link. An...

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Kant Unbound!

Rights Theory I neglected to post about this while it was actually happening, but I just finished participating in a Cato Unbound exchange on Immanuel Kant’s place in classical liberalism – with digressions on, inter alia, Plato, Aristotle, Hobbes, Locke, Rousseau, and Rand. My interlocutors were a Kantian and two Randians. Reading it is categorically imperative! Catch the phenomenal action here....

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