Tibor R. Machan

Biography: 

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

It wasn’t Capitalism, Stupid

by Tibor R. Machanvia A Passion for Liberty
Sunday, April 25, 2010

...[C]apitalism had nothing to do with the recent financial fiasco. Indeed, it was nearly all due to government meddling, especially with the policy exemplified best by the establishment and operation of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac...

Analysis and Commentary

Corporate Socialism

by Tibor R. Machanvia A Passion for Liberty
Saturday, April 24, 2010

The idea that making a profit is somehow ignoble has ancient roots. Partly it stems from the utterly fallacious notion that when someone wins, someone else must lose...

Analysis and Commentary

Private Property and Human Community Life

by Tibor R. Machanvia A Passion for Liberty
Saturday, April 24, 2010

If there is one thing that divides people most on matters of politics it concerns loyalty to the principle of private property rights...

Analysis and Commentary

Skepticism about Government Regulation

by Tibor R. Machanvia A Passion for Liberty
Thursday, April 22, 2010

The problem of the threat of lawlessness cannot be dealt with by making government all powerful since government poses the greatest such threat...

Analysis and Commentary

Justice and Commercial Crime

by Tibor R. Machanvia A Passion for Liberty
Tuesday, April 20, 2010

No one in his right mind denies that people in commerce can become criminals. That’s because people in any walk of life can...

Analysis and Commentary

NYT’s Tea Party Coverage

by Tibor R. Machanvia A Passion for Liberty
Monday, April 19, 2010

In the Sunday, April 18, 2010 New York Times article “Doing Fine, but Angry Nonetheless,” the author, Kate Zernike, discusses a poll done by The Times and CBS News on Tea Party members.

Analysis and Commentary

That Terrible “We” Again

by Tibor R. Machanvia A Passion for Liberty
Monday, April 19, 2010

Most people have a whole collage worth of concerns, goals, interests and desires, with just some focused on their material self-interest...

Analysis and Commentary

Predicting Free Actions

by Tibor R. Machanvia A Passion for Liberty
Saturday, April 17, 2010

For several centuries there has been a widespread infatuation with approaching every topic scientifically, meaning along lines used in the natural science.

Analysis and Commentary

Protection vs. Coercion

by Tibor R. Machanvia A Passion for Liberty
Wednesday, April 14, 2010

In matters of human conduct it is vital to distinguish between actions that coerce others to do something they must be in charge of choosing either to do or not do, versus resisting their attempts to coerce someone.

Analysis and Commentary

Rights made possible by wrongs

by Tibor R. Machanvia Gaston Gazette (NC)
Monday, April 12, 2010

The idea that health care and other welfare measures are fundamental rights everyone has goes back a couple of centuries. In this theory, human beings are viewed as prisoners of their circumstances.

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