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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Origins of a ‘right' to health care

by Tibor R. Machanvia Orange County Register
Sunday, March 14, 2010

The late Sen. Ted Kennedy, in a famous essay for Newsweek published July 27, 2009, reiterated a message with which he has come to be very closely associated. . . .

Analysis and Commentary

Government taking over private sphere

by Tibor R. Machanvia Freedom Communications
Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Over the years, the distinction between public and private spaces has become obscured. . . .

Analysis and Commentary

Big lie theory flourishes

by Tibor R. Machanvia Freedom Communications
Monday, March 8, 2010

The theory of the big (but good) lie goes back to a certain reading of Plato’s most famous dialogue, the Republic. . . .

Analysis and Commentary

AGW claims can't be made forcibly

by Tibor R. Machanvia Freedom Communications
Thursday, March 4, 2010

A powerful and vital aspect of the fully free society would be that only those burdens may be imposed on citizens that they have been convincingly shown, via due process of law, to deserve. . . .

Analysis and Commentary

What America is he talking about?

by Tibor R. Machanvia Orange County Register
Tuesday, March 2, 2010

In 2004, Harvard political philosophy professor Michael J. Sandel, whose popular class, "Justice," has become a PBS series – made the following observation: "Today, in the thrall of markets and market-oriented thinking, we are all too tempted to think of democracy in economic terms alone. . . .

Analysis and Commentary

What's in the public interest?

by Tibor R. Machanvia Freedom Communications
Tuesday, March 2, 2010

In the midst of the current orgy of capitalism-bashing, unleashed by those who earnestly believe that they should be directing the buying and selling activities of the public, there is once again a good deal of talk about how we must all serve the public interest and forget about our own selfish goals. . . .

Analysis and Commentary

How about them philosophical differences?

by Tibor R. Machanvia Freedom Communications
Monday, March 1, 2010

President Obama and others at the summit Thursday kept talking about philosophical difference between his team and the Republicans, but what did they have in mind? . . .

Analysis and Commentary

GOP can't talk small government on health care now

by Tibor R. Machanvia Orange County Register
Thursday, February 25, 2010

President Barack Obama and others at the televised health-reform summit Thursday kept talking about a philosophical difference between his team and the Republicans. . . .

Analysis and Commentary

Hand-me-down thinking not needed

by Tibor R. Machanvia Freedom Communications
Thursday, February 25, 2010

Often those who study the history of philosophy and compare it to the history of other disciplines, especially science, complain that in philosophy no progress is made, that philosophers keep talking about the same thing, that nothing ever gets resolved. . . .

Analysis and Commentary

Tiger Woods dishonored himself

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

So Tiger Woods apologized for his "selfish behavior." . . .

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