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Tibor R. Machan

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Tibor R. Machan (1939 - 2016) was a Hoover research fellow, Professor Emeritus, Department of Philosophy, Auburn University, Alabama, and held the R. C. Hoiles Endowed Chair in Business Ethics and Free Enterprise at the Argyros School of Business & Economics, Chapman University.

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Immigration Into A Free Society

Free MarketsWar and Foreign PolicyPhilosophy and Methodology

07/30/2014The Journal of Libertarian Studies
What should be a free country’s policy toward foreigners who would wish to live there? This may appear to be a fairly simple question, but it involves many complications. Volume 13, Number 2 (1998)


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Social Contract as a Basis of Norms: A Critique

Calculation and KnowledgePhilosophy and Methodology

07/30/2014The Journal of Libertarian Studies
In this note I will argue that social contract theories aimed at establishing norms for personal and community life are inadequate. Briefly, I show that in Kant and Rawls the alleged contractual basis for the legitimacy of law and government is supplemented with the very strict requirement of self-...


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Fishkin on Nozick's Absolute Rights

Legal System

07/30/2014The Journal of Libertarian Studies
In his recent work, Tyranny and Legitimacy, James Fishkin advances an argument against Roben Nozick's theory of, what Fishkin calls, "absolute rights" by trying to demonstrate that such a theory would legitimate tyranny. Volume 6, Number 3 (1982)


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Against Nonlibertarian Natural Rights


07/30/2014The Journal of Libertarian Studies
In a recent article critical of Robert Nozick's book Anarchy, State, and Utopia , Samuel Scheffler argues that it is possible to give greater than libertarian scope to natural rights so that, contrary to Nozick's conclusions, non-voluntary redistribution of income would be morally...


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Defining Government, Begging the Question: An Answer to Walter Block's Reply

Big GovernmentPhilosophy and MethodologyPolitical Theory

07/30/2014The Journal of Libertarian Studies
Walter Block has penned a response to my paper in which I argue that there isn’t much more than a verbal difference between limited government (minarchist) and defense-insurance agency (anarchist) libertarians. Block disputes my thesis for one reason: He defines government as necessarily coercive...


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