Monthly Archives: June 2008

Column on Public TV bash

My Uninvited Speech at KOCE-TV’s 35 Anniversary BashTibor R. MachanA colleague asked me to come and sit with him and his pals at the table tocelebrate KOCE-TV’s 35th anniversary celebration. I went, though with sometrepidation, given that KOCE-TV is a … Continue reading

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Column on Science and Government

Politicizing ScienceTibor R. MachanAs many who read my columns would know, I am an avid reader of ScienceNews, the magazine of the Society for Science and the Public located inWashington, D. C. It’s now been a few decades that I … Continue reading

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Column on Human Self Doubt

Doubting One’s MindTibor R. MachanA central topic of philosophy throughout the ages has been whether humanbeings can trust their minds, including their sensory awareness andthinking. Skepticism about this has been a major challenge and many fromSocrates to such recent and … Continue reading

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Column on Liberty and Hard Cases

Liberty and Hard Cases Tibor R. Machan One book I edited has the same title as this column and focuses mainly onhow a free society would cope with disasters such as earthquakes, floods,tornadoes, hurricanes, etc. When the nature of a … Continue reading

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Column on Rights and Welfare

Property Rights and the Welfare State Tibor R. Machan Is it reasonable to always demand respect for property rights? This is thequestion raised by some critics of the (Lockean) idea that human beingshave the unalienable right to their lives, liberty … Continue reading

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Column on “the Right to Travel”

Is traveling a human right? Tibor R. Machan Liberty first had to do with the freedom to travel. In time it came toamount to a condition in which no one forces one to submit to another’swill, a condition of not … Continue reading

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Tibor’s Column for the 4th of July 08

Fourth of July and the Public Interest Tibor R. Machan Throughout history political thinkers have been doing a lot of frettingabout the public good (or public interest, common good, general welfare,etc.). Usually they came up with massive plans or enchanting … Continue reading

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