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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Our choices revolve around ethics

by Tibor R. Machanvia Freedom Communications
Tuesday, November 10, 2009

The basic task of ethics is to answer the question, “How should I act?” . . .

Analysis and Commentary

Why scandals abound in the welfare state

by Tibor R. Machanvia Freedom Communications
Monday, November 9, 2009

There is always much talk about government corruption. . . .

Analysis and Commentary

People must strive for own success

by Tibor R. Machanvia Freedom Communications
Thursday, November 5, 2009

A distinguishing feature of Friedrich Nietzsche’s thought was that he believed humankind needed to overturn the old, mostly theological ethics and transform values to something new. . . .

Analysis and Commentary

An inaccurate school of thought

by Tibor R. Machanvia Freedom Communications
Monday, November 2, 2009

According to the UK’s Financial Times, international financial speculator George Soros is going to spend $50 million of his money in an effort to start a new think tank whose purpose will be to counter the “unwavering belief in unchecked free markets … [that] remains pervasive in universities” (“Soros to invest $50m in economic think-tank,” Oct. 27)...

Analysis and Commentary

Ayn Rand and the philosophers

by Tibor R. Machanvia Freedom Communications
Tuesday, October 27, 2009

My assignment at a conference last week at the National Liberal Club in London, was to discuss whether Ayn Rand's ideas had the kind of philosophical meat worth the respect of those who take the discipline seriously...

Analysis and Commentary

Not a socialist? Then don't act like one by leaning on the media

by Tibor R. Machanvia Freedom Communications
Tuesday, October 27, 2009

It doesn’t matter if Fox News is unbalanced, biased, partisan or whatever...

Analysis and Commentary

Property rights just like other human rights

by Tibor R. Machanvia Freedom Communications
Friday, October 16, 2009

Of course, what is ubiquitous is not capitalism but state corporatism and the out-of-control welfare state, a welfare state the beneficiaries aren't poor unwed mothers, as the caricature would have it, but massive powerful institutions such as universities, farming conglomerates, corporations and all who are savvy at lobbying the government!...

Analysis and Commentary

Dealing away principles has a price

by Tibor R. Machanvia Freedom Communications
Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Politics sometimes is said to be the art of compromise...

Analysis and Commentary

The desperate defense of Obamacare

by Tibor R. Machanvia Freedom Communications
Monday, October 12, 2009

The political arena has abandoned all civility, it seems...

Analysis and Commentary

Workplace romance hinders ethics

by Tibor R. Machanvia Freedom Communications
Thursday, October 8, 2009

With David Letterman — just as with Bill Clinton and Monica Lewinsky — the problem is that he is the boss...

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