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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Coercion and laziness in health care reform

by Tibor R. Machanvia Freedom Communications
Monday, October 5, 2009

When people have a strong urge to get something accomplished they cannot — or perhaps better put, are unwilling to — do by themselves, they often insist that it must be done by the government...

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Examining price of compromise

by Tibor R. Machanvia Freedom Communications
Thursday, October 1, 2009

Politics is sometimes said to be the art of compromise and this rings true enough, given the messiness of contemporary politics...

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Orange Grove: Keynes, his followers, still wrong

by Tibor R. Machanvia Orange County Register
Tuesday, September 29, 2009

In recent months, the British economist John Maynard Keynes (1883-1946) has enjoyed a renewed prominence. In the course of doing so, he has been presented as a scientist or, at least, nonideological thinker...

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Dealing with inappropriate survey questions

by Tibor R. Machanvia Freedom Communications
Monday, September 28, 2009

Very rarely I am contacted by some survey organization and I usually volunteer to answer questions posed to me...

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Government should be a referee, not a player

by Tibor R. Machanvia Freedom Communications
Monday, September 28, 2009

Most of the time, those of us who write columns address fairly specific issues and have only a little space to call upon general principles...

Analysis and Commentary

Pope's plea for love to replace trade is a dream

by Tibor R. Machanvia Freedom Communications
Friday, September 25, 2009

With everyone confused about how much free-market capitalism has to do with the economic mess, now is the time for enemies of economic liberty to rise up and seize the day!...

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The fallacy of respecting the presidency

by Tibor R. Machanvia Freedom Communications
Monday, September 21, 2009

After Rep. Joe Wilson, R-S.C., shouted out “You lie!” during President Obama's speech to Congress last week, one of Obama's cheerleaders at The New York Times intoned gravely that even if one disapproves of a given officeholder, one ought to show respect for the office...

Analysis and Commentary

The Orange Grove: Animals and state-bestowed rights

by Tibor R. Machanvia Orange County Register
Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Among the truly bad guys in the Obama administration, none can outdo professor Cass Sunstein, now of Harvard Law School but earlier a colleague of adjunct professor Barack Obama at the University of Chicago School of Law...

Analysis and Commentary

Government doesn't bestow rights

by Tibor R. Machanvia Freedom Communications
Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Over the past four centuries, the idea of basic human rights has had a rough go of it...

Analysis and Commentary

Don't let Krugman's bad ideas go unchecked

by Tibor R. Machanvia Freedom Communications
Monday, September 14, 2009

A repeated theme of Paul Krugman of The New York Times and Princeton University is that Ronald Reagan was a “market fundamentalist” and too many of the critics of President Obama’s economic policies are blinded by this ideology, so much so that they are retarding the great leap of progressivism that would come our way from the president and his team of experts...

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