Tibor R. Machan


Tibor R. Machan was a research fellow at the Hoover Institution. He is a professor emeritus of philosophy at Auburn University and holds the R. C. Hoiles Endowed Chair in Business Ethics and Free Enterprise at the Argyros School of Business & Economics, Chapman University.

He lectures regularly on political philosophy and business ethics in Europe, Latin America, South Africa, New Zealand, and the United States.

Machan is the author and editor of several books, including Liberty and Culture: Essays on the Idea of a Free Society (1989) and Revisiting Marxism: A Bourgeois Reassessment (2006). His most recent books are The Normative Defense of Free Market Capitalism: Did the Free Market Cause the Financial Fiasco? (Addelton Academic Publishers, 2011) and Why Everyone Else Is Wrong (Springer, 2011).

He has contributed to numerous scholarly journals, including American Philosophical Quarterly, Philosophy of Science, International Journal of Social Economics, and others.

He has written columns for several national newspapers including the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, and the Wall Street Journal. He was a regular columnist, beginning in 1966, for the Orange County Register. His essays have appeared in various publications including National Review, Policy Review, Free Inquiry, American Scholar, World and I, and Reason Magazine, which Machan cofounded.

Machan is 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 US Department of Education.

Machan was a guest on Firing Line and numerous other interview programs. He cohosted, with the late Sidney Hook, the television program For the Love of Work, on the ideas of Karl Marx. He was featured on C-Span 2's three-hour In Depth book program on May 1, 2011.

In 1999, Machan was appointed editor for the Hoover Institution Press series Philosophical Reflections on the Free Society, which has published all ten volumes that were planned.

Machan was the 2003 president of the American Society for Value Inquiry.

Machan earned BA (Claremont McKenna College), MA (New York University), and PhD (University of California at Santa Barbara) degrees in philosophy.

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Analysis and Commentary

Lopsided warning

by Tibor R. Machanvia ENC Today (NC)
Wednesday, July 28, 2010

The president of the AAUP — American Association of University Professors — issued a lengthy declaration warning the membership against getting involved with BP...

Analysis and Commentary

Public matters least in traffic snarls

by Tibor R. Machanvia Orange County Register
Tuesday, July 27, 2010

I travel quite a lot. I have crossed the United States by car about 25 times and have also done a good deal of driving in Europe...

Analysis and Commentary

Elena Kagan is Obama administration's John Yoo

by Tibor R. Machanvia Desert Dispatch
Monday, July 26, 2010

Don’t believe it for a moment. The American Left, as a whole, does not support civil liberties...

Analysis and Commentary

Shutting It All Down for the State!

by Tibor R. Machanvia Right Side News (GA)
Friday, July 16, 2010

I am talking about how whenever some mishap happens on the road, the authorities shut it all down, even if it is just a crate of apples that spilled...

Analysis and Commentary

Europe’s (and our coming) Tragedy of the Commons

by Tibor R. Machanvia A Passion for Liberty
Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Is this stuff with Greece and, soon, with Portugal, Spain and Italy, and the rest of us all that surprising...

Analysis and Commentary

The Choice Haters’ Error

by Tibor R. Machanvia A Passion for Liberty
Sunday, May 9, 2010

If you keep up with works coming from the academy hoping to influence the world as I try to do–in part because I wish I could claim some success at the same task–you may know that during the last several years a spate of books has hit the market in which the target is consumer choice...

Analysis and Commentary

My Pitch for Some Solid Selfishness

by Tibor R. Machanvia A Passion for Liberty
Friday, May 7, 2010

This is my pitch for rational selfishness today, even while I know that it is not the full story. But I recommend that it be a significant portion of it for everyone...

Analysis and Commentary

The fatal allure of political pragmatism

by Tibor R. Machanvia Orange County Register
Friday, May 7, 2010

Just a little background: pragmatism is America's only home-grown prominent philosophical movement...

Analysis and Commentary

The Folly of Fairness

by Tibor R. Machanvia A Passion for Liberty
Monday, May 3, 2010

Trade is never fair–the entire notion of fairness is very difficult to apply to trade as would be the idea of blue or funny...

Analysis and Commentary

Anti-Libertarian Point Refuted

by Tibor R. Machanvia A Passion for Liberty
Monday, April 26, 2010

Where there is no unjust, coercive welfare state, it is the citizenry’s responsibility to reach out and help when people are suffering through no fault of their own...