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January 8, 2009

Tibor Machan

Professor, Chapman University

in a lively conversation:

Enemies of Private Property Rights

A Survey of Old and New Attacks on the Right to Private Property

Tibor R. Machan is Professor Emeritus, Department of Philosophy, Auburn University, Alabama, and holds the R. C. Hoiles Endowed Chair in Business Ethics and Free Enterprise at the Argyros School of Business & Economics, Chapman University.

He's research fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University.

Machan was smuggled out from Hungary in 1953, when he was 14 years old. After immigrating to the U.S. in 1956, he served in the U.S. Air Force, and then earned BA (Claremont McKenna College), MA (NY University), and Ph.D. (University of California at Santa Barbara) degrees in philosophy.

Machan wrote The Pseudo-Science of B. F. Skinner (1974), Human Rights and Human Liberties (1975), The Freedom Philosophy (1987, in Sweden), Marxism: A Bourgeois Critique (1988) Individuals and Their Rights (1989) Liberty and Culture: Essays on the Idea of a Free Society (1989), Capitalism and Individualism: Reframing the Argument for the Free Society (1990), The Virtue of Liberty (1994), and Private Rights and Public Illusions (1995).

He edited The Libertarian Alternative (1974), The Libertarian Reader (1982), The Main Debate: Communism versus Capitalism (1987) and Commerce and Morality (1988).

He co-edited Rights and Regulation (1983), Recent Work in Philosophy (1983) and Liberty for the 21st Century (1995).

A Primer on Ethics was published by the U. of Oklahoma Press in 1997 and his Generosity; Virtue in Civil Society by the Cato Institute in early 1998. He also wrote Classical Individualism for Routledge in 1998.

He has contributed to numerous scholarly journals, including the American Philosophical Quarterly, Philosophy of Science, Inquiry, Journal des Economists et des Estudes Humaines, the Journal of Ayn Rand Studies, Theory and Decision, Philosophia, the Review of Metaphysics, American Journal of Jurisprudence, Business and Professional Ethics Journal, Philosophy, Journal of Value Inquiry, the Journal of Applied Philosophy, the International Journal of Applied Ethics, Metaphilosophy, Res Publica, the International Journal of Social Economics, Public Affairs Quarterly and Think.

He has written columns for The New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, the Chicago Tribune, The (Cleveland) Plain Dealer, The Journal of Commerce, the Houston Chronicle, Asia Times, The Wall Street Journal, and, as a regular columnist for three decades, The Orange County Register.

His essays have appeared in National Review, Barron's, The Humanist, World & I, This World, Free Inquiry, Chronicles of Culture, The American Spectator, Policy Review, Economic Affairs, The Freeman, The American Scholar, Jobs and Capital and Reason magazine.

Machan co-founded Reason magazine. He's on the advisory boards for several foundations and think tanks, and has also served on the founding Board of the Jacob J. Javits Graduate Fellowship Program of the U.S. Department of Education.

Machan has been a guest on "Firing Line" and numerous other interview programs. He co-hosted, with the late Sidney Hook, a pilot television program, "For the Love of Work," on the ideas of Karl Marx.

He was featured on the ABC-TV special, "John Stossel goes to Washington," in January, 2001. He's been interviewed on National Public Radio and the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation as well as the Argentine television program "Boom, Boom" and PBS-TV.

He's lectured in Argentina, Chile, New Zealand, South Africa, France, Poland, Belgium, The Czech Republic, Hungary, Bulgaria, Austria, Georgia, Armenia, Azerbaijan and Germany for the Institute for Economic Affairs, Europe, and for other organizations.

In 1999 Machan was appointed editor for the Hoover Institution Press series, Philosophical Reflections on the Free Society. The series has published 10 volumes, among them Business Ethics in the Global Market (1999), Education in a Free Society (1999) Morality and Work (2000), The Commons: Its Tragedy and other Follies (2001), Individual Rights Reconsidered (2001), Liberty and Hard Cases (2001), Liberty and Equality (2002), Liberty and R&D (2002), Liberty & Democracy (2002) and Liberty and Justice (2005).

Machan's books Initiative: Human Agency and Society and Ayn Rand were also published in 2000.

A Primer on Business Ethics, co-authored with James E. Chesher was published in late 2002 and The Passion for Liberty and The Liberty Option in 2003. Putting Humans First, Why We Are Nature's Favorites, was published in May, 2004.

Neither Left nor Right: Selected Columns, came out in January 2004, from the Hoover Institution Press, while Ashgate Publishing Group in the UK brought out Machan's Objectivity: Recovering Determinate Reality in Philosophy, Science, and Everyday Life in July, 2004.

His memoirs, The Man Without a Hobby, was published by Hamilton Books in November, 2004. His Libertarianism Defended appeared in 2006, published by Ashgate, and he co-edited Anarchism/Minarchism: Is Government Part of a Free Country, also for Ashgate.

Machan's next book is The Promise of Liberty: A Non-Utopian Vision (Lexington Books, 2009).

Machan was the 2003 President of the American Society for Value Inquiry, and delivered the presidential address on December 29, 2002, in Philadelphia, at the Eastern Division meetings of the American Philosophical Association, titled "Aristotle & Business."

For two years he was on the board of the Association for Private Enterprise Education. He is an adjunct scholar at the Cato Institute.

Professor Machan was visiting professor of philosophy at the United States Military Academy in 1992-93, and John M. Olin Professor at Adelphi University, in Garden City, NY, in the fall of 1994.

He lives in Silverado, California.

Machan last spoke at Junto in November 2004.

For more information on this Junto event, including time, location, and other features of the meeting see the January Junto page.


Celebrations of Ayn Rand's 100th, 101st, 102nd, 103rd, 104th and 105th birthdays

Memorial for John Perry, a NYC police officer & Junto attendee, lost on 9/11

Charles Adams

Dennis Ainsworth

Bruce Ames

June Arunga

George B.N. Ayittey

John Baden

Michael Balboa

Sallie Baliunas

Randy E. Barnett

Caroline Baum

Tom Bethell

Robert Bidinotto

Terry Blodgett

David Boaz

Donald J. Boudreaux

James Bovard

Bill Bradford

Barbara Branden

Harry Browne

David Ciocca

Tyler Cowen

Eugene R. Dattel

James DeLong

Francis X. Diebold

Tom DiLorenzo

Richard Ebeling

Marty Edelston

Ivan Eland

Marsha Familaro Enright

Richard Epstein

Harold Evans

Peter Ferrara

Thomas Fleming

Murray Franck

Judge Marvin Frankel

"Benjamin Franklin"

David Friedman

Jeffrey Friedman

Patri Friedman

Marshall Fritz

Michael Fumento

John Fund

Arthur E. Gandolfi

John Taylor Gatto

Scott Douglas Gerber

Henry Gifford

George Gilder

Mike Godwin

Bettina Bien Greaves

Gary Greenberg

Aubrey de Grey

Martin Gross

Dan Grossman

Thor Halvorssen

Milo Hamilton

Robin Hanson

Dean Hazel

Stephen Hicks

Robert Higgs

Jeremy Hildreth

Erica Holzer

Gary Hoover

Jacob G. Hornberger

Peter Huber

Edward L. Hudgins

Jeffrey Rogers Hummel

Jerome Huyler

Mitchell Jones

Stephen Kagann

Steve Keeley

David Kelley

Laurel Kenner

Saul Kent

Yasuhiko Genku Kimura

Thomas L. Knapp

Alan Charles Kors

Richard Kostelanetz

Lawrence Kudlow

Steven Landsburg

Sarah Lawrence

Pierre Lemieux

Jules Leopold

Peter Lewin

Marty Lewinter

Will Lewis

Carl Liedhom

Seth Lipsky

Felix Livingston

Herbert London

John R. Lott Jr.

Cathy Luchetti

Tibor Machan

Marisa Manley

Steve Mariotti

Stanley Mason

Megan McArdle

Bill McCarthy

John McCormack

John L. McCormack

Wendy McElroy

John McGinnis

Lawrence McQuillan

Gabriella Megyesi

Perry Metzger

Jeffrey Miron

Stephen Moore

Deroy Murdock

Robert Murphy

Charles Murray

Victor Niederhoffer

Walter Olson

Jane Orient

Roger Pilon

Virginia Postrel

Benjamin Powell

Jim Powell

Ronald Radosh

Douglas Rasmussen

Greg Rehmke

George Reisman

Kenneth Rendell

Adam Robinson

Arthur Robinson

Jim Rogers

Michael Rothschild

Candida Royalle

Linda Russell

Robert Schrade

Jack Schwartzman

Todd Seavey

Larry Sechrest

Hans F. Sennholz

Amity Shlaes

Tim Slagle

Susan Slyman

Fred L. Smith Jr.

David Ramsay Steele

Brett Steenbarger

Richard W. Stevens

Stephen Stigler

John Stossel

Michael Strong

Jacob Sullum

Alexander Tabarrok

Joan Kennedy Taylor

Peter Thiel

Frank Tipler

William Tucker

Jesse Walker

George Walsh

Peter Lamborn Wilson

Stephanie Winston

Jim Wynne