Popular Writings

Popular-level writings for a general audience. See here for my scholarly work.


Book Chapters


Are We Really Sure They’re Wrong?” in B. Krajewski and J. Heter (eds), The Man in the High Castle and Philosophy (Open Court: 2017)

Using the universe of The Man in the High Castle as a philosophical backdrop, my contribution focuses on moral relativism, objectivism, the conditions for a just war, and the right to resist unjust governments.

 


Op-Eds


7 Arguments For Legalizing Marijuana That No One Should Believe” The Federalist (3/7/2019)

There may be good reasons to legalize marijuana. But if there are, the following arguments shouldn’t be considered to be among them.


The Moral Case for Corporal PunishmentWhat’s Wrong? (11/16/2018)

Opponents of spanking rest their arguments on the implicit assumption that punishment is justified by its effects in improving life outcomes. This assumption, however, can and should be challenged.


Don’t Legalize ItArc Digital (11/4/2018)

Why libertarians should support marijuana prohibition


Natural Rights, Self-Defense, and the Right to Own FirearmsPublic Discourse (10/31/2018)

We have a moral right to own guns


“The Moral Problem with Most Gun-Free Zones” Foundation for Economic Education (8/22/2018)

By taking away our means of self-defense and refusing to provide a suitable substitute, gun-free zones violate our right to life.


Thinking Clearly About Immigration Public Discourse (7/24/2018)

All human beings share certain universal human rights. But I am not just a human. I am also an American, a Kansan, a university instructor, and a member of a church body. Each one of these relationships generates specific goods, rights, and responsibilities that are unique to me. The same is true for nation-states, each of which have a distinct culture and unique responsibilities to its own citizens.


No One Has a ‘Right’ to Immigrate Into the United StatesThe Federalist (7/24/2018)

This is tantamount to saying that individuals have the right to use and occupy someone else’s property against his will. This is a wholesale denial of property and sovereignty rights.


Gun Rights and UtilitarianismArc Digital (4/27/2018)

Gun rights don’t depend on cost-benefit analyses.


“Why Americans Have A Right To Own Guns Even If That Makes Us Less SafeThe Federalist (2/27/2018)

Our rights aren’t contingent on a cost-benefit analysis. Whether guns are risky isn’t the point, but whether guns are a reasonable means of self-defense.


The Libertarian Case for Drug ProhibitionPublic Discourse (1/28/2018)

Freedom isn’t just the bare ability to do something; it is the ability to act under the influence of properly functioning cognitive faculties. If you value freedom, then you should oppose the legalization of recreational drugs.


Yes, abortion is a human rights violationEagle News (2/17/2017)

In which I argue that abortion is a human rights violation.


The Moral Case for Campus CarryEagle News (10/9/2015)

In which I argue for concealed carry on college campuses.


The Limits of ConsentPublic Discourse (9/23/2015)

Consent only has value when it is used to make decisions based on knowledge of what is truly good for us as human beings.