Monthly Archives: June 2011

Column on Morality, the Professions and Politicians

Morality, the Professions and Politicians Tibor R. Machan While I see strong merits to an ultraminimal government idea, whereby the state has no other function than to protect the rights of the citizens from criminals and foreign aggressors, I do … Continue reading

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Machan’s new critique of so called positive rights

Thomas Cushman’s just published Handbook of Human Rights (Routledge) contains Tibor R. Machan’s new essay, “A Critique of Positive Rights.”

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Column on The Times’s Kudos to Petty Tyrants

The Times’ kudos to European Petty Tyrants Tibor R. Machan In The New York Times of Monday, June 27th, an editorial heaps compliments upon the bureaucrats of many European cities who have imposed innumerable obstacles to their fellow citizens who … Continue reading

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Machan’s Archives: What to Promise Voters

Machan Archives: What to Promise Voters Tibor R. Machan Do voters actually believe it when candidates promise them health, happiness, vacations, clean air, and all those other goodies while also demanding that they stop being selfish, stop joining special interest … Continue reading

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Column on Fourth of July and the Public Interest

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

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Column on The Hubris of George Soros

The Hubris of George Soros Tibor R. Machan Quite a few well known rich people aren’t satisfied with being rich and being able to do all the things they believe are important. They want to advertise this and to take … Continue reading

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Column on Self-Defense v. Isolation

Self-defense vs. Isolation Tibor R. Machan Where the idea comes from is not really relevant–it could be neo-conservatism, imperialism, compassion, whatnot. But it is right that it should be debated, especially by Republicans who aren’t beholden to the legacy of … Continue reading

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