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

Misunderstanding the Fiasco

by Tibor R. Machanvia A Passion for Liberty
Sunday, April 11, 2010

My concern here isn’t with identifying who or what produced the recent financial fiasco but with whether and how one might produce such an identification.

Analysis and Commentary

Defending Liberty the Best Way

by Tibor R. Machan with Richard A. Epsteinvia A Passion for Liberty
Friday, April 9, 2010

When liberty is attacked by its critics and enemies, often defenders pull out the skeptical ploy...

Analysis and Commentary

Ralph Nader’s Turn Around?

by Tibor R. Machanvia A Passion for Liberty
Tuesday, April 6, 2010

So we have it on the good authority of The London Times that all is well with the Obama Administration’s latest interference with the market place. Here is how The Times reported on this long-desired development, admittedly desired by but fraction of those concerned...

Analysis and Commentary

The Ethics of Tax Resistance

by Tibor R. Machanvia Daily Bell (Switzerland)
Saturday, April 3, 2010

Governments hate it when you succeed at escaping their tyrannical reach and so we have been witnessing extensive efforts by the feds to curtail tax dodging and avoidance. This has led to some considerable pressure exerted on banks in Switzerland, Lichtenstein and other places...

Analysis and Commentary

Achieving results requires following due process, too

by Tibor R. Machanvia Freedom Communications
Monday, March 29, 2010

Human justice is directly concerned with process, indirectly with results. . . .

Analysis and Commentary

Not a great day for America

by Tibor R. Machanvia Freedom Communications
Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Graig Furgeson, the late late-night host on CBS-TV, makes a little remark each weekday night to the effect, "It's a great day for America." . . .

Analysis and Commentary

Analyzing a nation's self-interest

by Tibor R. Machanvia Freedom Communications
Monday, March 22, 2010

It baffles me why so many people are apologetic about the U. S. having a self-interested foreign policy. . . .

Analysis and Commentary

Contrarian Reflections on Advertising

by Tibor R. Machanvia Think (Cambridge University Press) (NY)
Monday, March 22, 2010

Among business ethics teachers, as reflected in their books and papers, advertising is deemed anything but honorable. . . .

Analysis and Commentary

Nothing trumps individual rights

by Tibor R. Machanvia Freedom Communications
Friday, March 19, 2010

The point deserves to be made over and over: majorities have no just authority to trump individual rights. . . .

Analysis and Commentary

Textbook fight illustrates government school problem

by Tibor R. Machanvia Freedom Communications
Monday, March 15, 2010

In my own field of work, university education, there are a great many who scoff at the idea of privatization, something that is exactly how a free society should handle all education from primary to post graduate schools. . . .