Michael Huemer, *The Problem of Political Authority*

University of Colorado philosopher Michael Huemer's book The Problem of Political Authority deservedly made a large splash when it was released last year. The book consists of two parts, the first making the case that states enjoy no moral right to rule and that subjects have no moral duty to obey them, and the second … Continue reading Michael Huemer, *The Problem of Political Authority*

My Introduction to Political Philosophy Final Exam

Here are the essay questions from the final exam I gave in "Introduction to Political Philosophy" last semester. How would you answer these questions? 3.1 Rights to Property Answer one of these questions. 1. What is John Rawls’ “difference principle,” and how does he defend it? What are its implications for the welfare state? Is … Continue reading My Introduction to Political Philosophy Final Exam

Are Libertarians Anti-Government?

David Boaz, Executive Vice President of the Cato Institute, answers this question in a well-timed reposting of an excellent older piece from the Cato Policy Report.  In it, Boaz argues that "libertarians are not, in any serious sense, 'anti-government.'"  Instead, libertarians favor "a limited government that attends to its necessary and proper function."  Or more specifically, Boaz argues: Libertarians generally … Continue reading Are Libertarians Anti-Government?