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

What the American people really want

by Tibor R. Machanvia Freedom Communications
Tuesday, December 8, 2009

No sooner did President Obama conclude his address last week on his plans for the war in Afghanistan than hordes of public officials rushed into print or to the microphones to respond. . . .

Analysis and Commentary

A bit of good news on property rights

by Tibor R. Machanvia Freedom Communications
Monday, December 7, 2009

There was a bit of good news recently from New York state, that bastion of modern liberalism and American statism (Senator Chuck Schumer’s fiefdom)! . . .

Analysis and Commentary

Private property belongs to oneself

by Tibor R. Machanvia Freedom Communications
Thursday, December 3, 2009

In a wide-ranging review essay of Amartya Sen’s recent ambitious book, “The Idea of Justice,” Moshe Halbertal, a philosopher from the Hebrew University, unleashes arguments against the right to private property that are supposed to be even stronger than those Sen himself offers. . . .

Analysis and Commentary

Everyone wants public handout

by Tibor R. Machanvia Freedom Communications
Tuesday, December 1, 2009

It is not altogether new that business corporations are besmirched. . . .

Analysis and Commentary

No good news on property rights

by Tibor R. Machanvia Freedom Communications
Monday, November 30, 2009

For a while now I have been concerned with the issue of whether any argument advanced in support of violating private property rights might have something going for it. . . .

Analysis and Commentary

My vote is still for fully free society

by Tibor R. Machanvia Freedom Communications
Saturday, November 28, 2009

I have always had problems voting. . . .

Analysis and Commentary

Orange Grove: Do unto others, but not to them

by Tibor R. Machanvia Orange County Register
Tuesday, November 24, 2009

In the American legal tradition the press may not be regulated, nor may religion. . . .

Analysis and Commentary

On the nature of free will

by Tibor R. Machanvia Freedom Communications
Monday, November 23, 2009

In a recent op-ed column for Free Inquiry magazine, Thomas Clark claims that the defense of human agency that some folks, including me, have been advancing for many years involves what he terms “contra-causal” free will. . . .

Analysis and Commentary

Capitalism isn't 'right wing'

by Tibor R. Machanvia Freedom Communications
Monday, November 16, 2009

When those on the political left refer to defenders of the free market system as "right wingers," there is understandable concern about how the term is being abused. . . .

Analysis and Commentary

Where escape is stealing from the state

by Tibor R. Machanvia Freedom Communications
Friday, November 13, 2009

I took part Nov. 9 in a panel discussion on the collapse of the Soviet empire, in the company of several others who managed to escape the system, two former Cubans and one former Russian. . . .