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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Are our 'leaders' superior?

by Tibor R. Machanvia Freedom Communications
Thursday, February 18, 2010

When people talk about how market agents need to be regulated because, well, without it they could do bad things, it never fails to amaze me how narrow-minded is this line of reasoning. . . .

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The same old song

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

Meg Whitman is running for governor of California and I haven't a clue what her chances are. . . .

Analysis and Commentary

Yes, groups of persons do have rights

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

Actually, no one thinks corporations are persons, but some do believe they are groups of persons. . . .

Analysis and Commentary

The misanthropy of 'Avatar' and Sandel

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

Perhaps it isn't all people but only Americans that “Avatar” presents in an unfavorable light, but the movie clearly suggests that human beings are largely no good, except for just a few of them and they only barely. . . .

Analysis and Commentary

Face of envy

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

In “THE WEEK,” Jan. 16, 2010, the item "The last word" is given to someone whose attitudes and ideas have always put me off. . . .

Analysis and Commentary

Insurance firms have to make profit

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

There might not be anyone who is as fond of affordability as I am - well, maybe this is wrong but I am very fond of it. . . .

Analysis and Commentary

Anti-abortion: Murder or not

by Tibor R. Machanvia Freedom Communications
Sunday, January 31, 2010

In Wichita a trial is under way in which Scott Roeder is charged with the murder of Dr. George R. Tiller. . . .

Analysis and Commentary

Campaign giving is muddled

by Tibor R. Machanvia Freedom Communications
Tuesday, January 26, 2010

It has puzzled me for some time why campaign contributions are considered a First Amendment constitutional issue. . . .

Analysis and Commentary

Choice and rights

by Tibor R. Machanvia Freedom Communications
Monday, January 25, 2010

Our rights identify the realm of our choices, where we and not others get to decide about how things go. . . .

Analysis and Commentary

Do we need to feel guilty?

by Tibor R. Machanvia Freedom Communications
Tuesday, January 19, 2010

It is a running joke, of course, concerning Jewish mothers that they relentlessly try to instill guilt in their children along the lines of, "You owe me since I brought you up." . . .

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