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12:00pm - Speaker Series: Andrew Koppelman - Northwestern Law

  • When: November 20, 2019, 12 pm–1:30 am
  • Where: ABF Woods Conference Room, 750 N. Lake Shore Drive, 4th floor, Lakeside, Chicago, IL 6061

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The Corruption of Libertarianism:

How a Philosophy of Freedom was Betrayed by Delusion and Greed

Paper can be found here.

Libertarianism began as an admirable corrective to the Depression-era vogue for central economic planning.  It resisted oppressive state power.  It showed how capitalism could improve life for everyone, especially the poorest.  Today it has become a toxic blend of irresponsible anarchism, cruel disdain for the weak, permission for fraud and parasitism, and rationalization for environmental catastrophe.  This transformation happened because people accepted new, more radical arguments – arguments that crumble under scrutiny.

The Corruption of Libertarianism traces libertarian philosophy’s evolution from Friedrich Hayek’s moderate pro-market ideas to the romantic fabulism of Murray Rothbard, Robert Nozick, and Ayn Rand – and Charles Koch’s aggressive promotion of climate change denial. 

Photo and Bio courtesy of Northwestern Law

Andrew Koppelman is John Paul Stevens Professor of Law and Professor of Political Science at Northwestern University, where he received the 2015 Walder Award for Research Excellence.  His scholarship focuses on issues at the intersection of law and political philosophy.  His latest books are The Tough Luck Constitution and the Assault on Health Care Reform (Oxford University Press, 2013) and Defending American Religious Neutrality (Harvard University Press, 2013).  He has also published more than 100 articles in books and scholarly journals.  He is an occasional contributor to Salon.com and the Balkinization blog.

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