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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Earthquakes and planners

by Tibor R. Machanvia Freedom Communications
Friday, January 15, 2010

It is no fun to use the Haiti earthquake as an object lesson – it may take away from the first business of the day, namely, to extend one’s generosity to those who have been devastated by it. . . . .

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Fighting terrorism should be focus

by Tibor R. Machanvia Freedom Communications
Thursday, January 14, 2010

Fareed Zakaria, on his Sunday CNN program “GPS” (Global Public Square), chided American officials and commentators for responding to the failed terrorist attack in Detroit with panic. . . .

Analysis and Commentary

Phony righteousness from the Left

by Tibor R. Machanvia Freedom Communications
Monday, January 11, 2010

Over the past decade we've heard much talk about how the rights of those held in Guantanamo Bay must be protected because they are human beings and because the American political system regards all human beings as having basic rights, including rights to due process. . . .

Analysis and Commentary

Voluntary unity is necessary

by Tibor R. Machanvia Yuma Sun
Tuesday, January 5, 2010

While I have become nearly pessimistic, even cynical, about expecting anything uplifting from politicians these days, I think there could be some reasons for hope, and there have been a few. . . .

Analysis and Commentary

Rights are to act freely

by Tibor R. Machanvia Freedom Communications
Monday, January 4, 2010

I do not have a right to my car, but I do have a right to buy, keep, trade and otherwise act in relation to my car. . . .

Analysis and Commentary

Uniting the country

by Tibor R. Machanvia Freedom Communications
Sunday, January 3, 2010

On Jan. 3, just after Meet the Press, NBC-TV broadcast a radio address by President Obama and while I have become nearly completely pessimistic, even cynical, about expecting anything uplifting from politicians these days — I think there could be some and have been a very few — I listened to the whole message. . . .

Analysis and Commentary

Health insurance not an entitlement

by Tibor R. Machanvia Freedom Communications
Thursday, December 31, 2009

I am fond of affordability. . . .

Analysis and Commentary

Emergencies worse when misused

by Tibor R. Machanvia Freedom Communications
Thursday, December 17, 2009

There are fewer fallacies as widely circulated as those captured by the saying, “Hard cases make bad law.” . . .

Analysis and Commentary

Rand and Libertarianism

by Tibor R. Machanvia Freedom Communications
Thursday, December 17, 2009

The question still comes up, "What does Ayn Rand have to contribute to Libertarianism?" . . .

Analysis and Commentary

Cell phones versus control

by Tibor R. Machanvia Freedom Communications
Wednesday, December 16, 2009

For a while now I have observed the alarm about the use of cell phones while driving. . . .

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