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18 Mar 1939
, Tibor Richard Machan, in Budapest, Hungary
Laissez Faire Books
Machan (b. 1939) is a leading philosopher of individualism. For more than three decades, he has fought the good fight in the academic world. Smuggled out of Hungary in 1953, he earned his B.A. at Claremont McKenna College, his M.A. at New York University and Ph.D. at the University of California at Santa Barbara. All degrees in philosophy. He certainly is industrious. Influenced by Ayn Rand, he was among the original partners in Reason magazine which he edited for two years, and he edited Reason Papers.
Advocates for Self-Government - Libertarian Education: Tibor Machan - Libertarian
Includes picture and biography (from Laissez Faire Books)
He wrote The Pseudo-Science of B.F. Skinner (1974), Human Rights and Human Liberties (1975), The Freedom Philosophy (1987), Marxism: A Bourgeois Critique (1988), The Moral Case for the Free Market Economy: A Philosophical Argument (1988), Individuals and Their Rights (1989), Liberty and Culture: Essays on the Idea of a Free Society (1989), Capitalism and Individualism: Reforming the Argument for the Free Society (1990), The Virtue of Liberty (1994), Private Rights and Public Illusions (1995), A Primer on Ethics (1997), Generosity: Virtue in Civil Society (1998), Classical Individualism (1999), and Initiative: Human Agency and Society (2000).
Tibor R. Machan | Hoover Institution
Includes picture, biography, areas of expertise and links to commentary (up to July 2010)
Tibor R. Machan was a research fellow at the Hoover Institution. ... He lectures regularly on political philosophy and business ethics ... He has contributed to numerous scholarly journals, including American Philosophical Quarterly, Philosophy of Science, International Journal of Social Economics, and others. ... 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.
Posts from Jan 2008 to Aug 2015
Ayn Rand & Objectivism - Tibor Machan
, The Daily Objectivist
Review of Machan's Ayn Rand
Philosophical hero Tibor R. Machan has championed the cause of reason and freedom for decades. A founder and early editor of Reason magazine, he also is the editor of Reason Papers and author of hundreds of cutting-edge articles and books. Nobody is better qualified than Machan to author Ayn Rand, a concise yet comprehensive introduction to Rand's ideas. Machan knew Rand personally, if briefly; he was 'cast adrift' very early on. But Machan's interest in Rand's ideas and work has remained strong. His book demonstrates a deep sympathy and understanding of her project, as well as a completely independent perspective.
Bob Poole Remembers Tibor Machan, A Fellow Founding Co-Editor of Reason Magazine
, by Robert W. Poole, Jr.
, 25 Mar 2016
Memorial essay, highlighting Machan's life, his involvement with Reason
and the Reason Foundation, and some of his writings
Tibor was born in Budapest in 1939. He was such an individualist, that he already loathed Communism as a young teenager. For his own safety, his mother decided to have him smuggled out of Hungary at age 14. He made his way to the United States, and joined the Air Force rather than waiting to be drafted into the Army. There he discovered the novels of Ayn Rand, which led him to attend college at Claremont McKenna College, graduate school at NYU, and obtain a PhD in philosophy at UC Santa Barbara in 1971. ... Tibor was amazingly prolific as a scholar and writer.
Individuals And Their Rights by Tibor R. Machan
, by David M. Brown, The Freeman
, Jun 1990
Review of Tibor Machan's 1989 book Individuals and Their Rights
In his new and very readable book on our natural rights, philosopher Tibor R. Machan has accepted a task that too many contemporary advocates of liberty regard as almost beside the point. ... Machan defends his thesis ably against several contending theories, and is generally effective in doing so. He pays careful attention to what his colleagues are arguing and gives their theories their due before exposing their fallacies. My one gripe with his approach and with the entire book is his tendency to garnish perfectly plain and defensible contentions with unnecessary qualifications ...
Interview with Robert Poole
, by Robert W. Poole, Jr.
, Karen Minto, William Minto, Full Context
, May 1999
Topics discussed range from Poole's early influences, Ayn Rand, getting interested in policy analysis, the Goldwater campaign, the LP, Reason Foundation, the professionals who helped him the most and his passion for privatization
In early 1970 when I told Lanny I was moving to Santa Barbara, he told me I should look up Tibor Machan, who had also written for Reason and was getting his Ph.D. in philosophy at UCSB. So I did, and we became friends. The two of us dreamed up the idea of creating a part-time business to take over Reason, when it became evident that Lanny couldn't make a go of it. Manny Klausner heard Tibor talk about libertarian ideas on a KPFK radio program and called him up. ... Tibor Machan was the first philosopher I ever knew, and discussions with him over the years deepened my appreciation for Objectivism and for the power of ideas.
Introduction to Philosophical Inquiries
, by Lester Hunt, Reason
, Sep 1977
Brief review of Tibor Machan's book Introduction to Philosophical Inquiries
Here we find that Machan's attitude toward philosophy is a rather peculiar one in today's context: he believes that philosophy is valuable practically, because it seeks the truth about matters of absolute importance. ... Professor Machan does not regard philosophical theories merely as a series of 'isms' that should be mastered as a part of one's liberal education. His primary aim is always to aid us in deciding, rationally, which positions are true. He carefully shows the plausibility of each one, as well as the difficulties each one inevitably encounters.
Libertarianism: The Moral and the Practical
, by Sheldon Richman
, Future of Freedom
, May 2014
Explores whether libertarian policies ought to be based on moral or practical bases, with insigths from Aristotle, Adam Smith, Tibor Machan, Roderick Long and others
In commenting on this passage, Tibor Machan and David Brown wrote, in 'The Self-Imposed Poverty of Economics,' 'Smith saw that when morality, or ethics, is conceived along lines that would be fully realized in the work of Immanuel Kant ... But prudence — recognized as a prominent virtue indeed in the ethics of Socrates and Aristotle — would make plenty of room for an ethical conception of most economic activity ... With prudence expelled from the moral realm, however, all the economists can do to render commerce and business respectable is to collapse them ... into expressions of near-bodily functions à la Hobbes ...'
The Moral Case for Freedom Is the Practical Case for Freedom
, by Sheldon Richman
, The Goal Is Freedom
, 27 Dec 2013
Considers whether it is reasonable to draw distinctions between moral and practical arguments for freedom
In commenting on this passage, Tibor Machan and David Brown wrote, in "The Self-Imposed Poverty of Economics," "Smith saw that when morality, or ethics, is conceived along lines that would be fully realized in the work of Immanuel Kant — who denied that anything done to advance one's own cause can have moral significance — moral thinking cannot embrace the virtue of prudence, or practical wisdom. ... But prudence — recognized as a prominent virtue indeed in the ethics of Socrates and Aristotle — would make plenty of room for an ethical conception of most economic activity ... "
Tibor Machan, a Founding Editor of Reason, RIP
, by Nick Gillespie
, 25 Mar 2016
Memorial tribute, describing Machan's involvement with Reason
through the years, includes two videos, one of Machan discussing Ayn Rand and another in a panel with his co-founders and a former editor
Tibor's impact and influence on the growth and development of Reason can't be overstated. Especially in those early years, he brought not just a rigorous philosophical mind-set to our pages but, as a refugee from communist Hungary, a personal fire for individual liberty and a free society that energized all our efforts. Tibor was also a longtime columnist and consultant to Freedom Communications and the author and editor of dozens of books on topics including Ayn Rand's Objectivism, what he called 'the pseudo-science of B.F. Skinner' and other behaviorist psychologists, animal rights, and much more.
Tibor Machan - Hero of the Day
, The Daily Objectivist
Biographical profile listing some of Machan's many works, how he discovered Ayn Rand and Nathaniel Branden but was later "blackballed"
Like many another great American champion of liberty, Tibor Machan was born abroad. He was smuggled out of Hungary in 1953 and immigrated to the United States from Germany a few years later. ... 'I became aware of Ayn Rand when I was a young man in the U.S. Air Force,' says Tibor. 'I read her novels The Fountainhead and Atlas Shrugged. The former inspired me, the latter provoked a good deal of reflection. Several of us stayed up into many weekend nights at Andrews Air Force Base, in the summer of 1962, examining the philosophical themes covered in Galt's famous speech. ...'
Boxer's Confusion about Ownership
, 4 May 2007
Explains the absurdity of California Senator Barbara Boxer's statement that public lands are "owned ... by the American people" by recalling a story about Ludwig Wittgenstein
California Senator Barbara Boxer sent around a letter to the editor that was published in The OC Register on April 30th, hoping to clarify 'my[!] California Wild Heritage Act.' 'She states in this letter that the approximately 2.3 million acres included in the bill are all publicly owned lands ...' ... The idea that some kind of fair general, universal use can be made of public lands is a myth, one identified by, among others, Thucydides. As he observed, when people own things in common, 'each fancies that no harm will come to his neglect, that it is the business of somebody else to look after this or that for him ...'
, Rational Review
, 8 Sep 2004
Discusses various sides of the issue of gouging, from generosity, to economic justification and being well-prepared or not, due to other life challenges, concluding with advice for politicians and bureaucrats
During most emergencies there are those who could certainly use quite a bit of help and it is on such occasions that complaints about gouging surface most vociferously. The recent tropical storms and hurricanes in the Southeast saw many people having to board up their homes and businesses and evacuate the area for safer regions. ... The bottom line is that these are matters of human choice and there is no universal principle to guide us all to a one-size-fits-all policy. Discretion and good judgment are what are needed, certainly not some politicians and bureaucrats rushing in where even fools dare not tread.
Some reflections on Georgism
, Rational Review
, 29 Jul 2004
Argues against the Henry George idea that since land was not made by any individual, nobody can claim ownership rights over it
n his famous book, Progress and Poverty, Henry George argues that there is at least one value that should not be privately owned. No one can claim the right to any land since no one has produced it. Land, therefore, must be viewed as belonging to everyone and individuals or groups ought to pay a fee-- the single tax -- for making use of it for their own purposes. ... There is a fallacy that one commits when one denies property rights in land and yet claims that all land was initially stolen. This is what Nathaniel Branden has dubbed the 'stolen concept fallacy.'
Why Markets Are Dreaded
, 27 Apr 2007
Insights on why higher education professionals prefer not to have to compete in "markets" and instead want governments to run colleges and universities
In one of those vapid, in-house disputes often published in The New York Review of Books’s letters-to-the-editor sections, we can read about a disagreement among educational experts under the heading 'Scandals in Higher Education: An Exchange' ... If the discussion gets this far with one of these righteous defenders of their — unequal! — professional privilege, one soon hears about everyone's equal positive rights to whatever is of benefit to them in life. This is one widely hailed doctrine that's deployed when the enslavement of us all is advocated to justify keeping these erudite folks on the dole!
, 1 Mar 2000
Contents: Ayn Rand, Iconoclast - Intellectual Iconoclast - Rand on Axiomatic Concepts - Rand's Moral Philosophy - Rand's Rational Individualism - Rand versus Marx - Rand's Moriarty - Room for Work
Classical Individualism: The Supreme Importance of Each Human Being
Generosity: Virtue in the Civil Society
by Tibor Machan, Cato Institute
Contents: Generosity, A Benevolent Virtue - Dimensions of Generosity: Private, Social, and Political - Institutional Generosity - Generosity via Government? - Blocked Exchanges
Individual Rights Reconsidered: Are the Truths of the U.S. Declaration of Independence Lasting?
by Tibor Machan (Editor), 2001
The Man Without a Hobby: Adventures of a Gregarious Egoist
The Passion for Liberty
, Aug 2003
Partial contents: Opposing Senses of Freedom - Why Capitalism Squares with Morality - Immigration Into a Free Society - Military Defense of the Free Society - Liberty: Economic Versus Moral Benefits - Reflections On the Right to Private Property
A Primer on Business Ethics
Putting Humans First: Why We Are Nature's Favorite