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Animal Torture Violates Rights: A Response to Walter Block

Introduction Walter Block is one of the most highly esteemed libertarian theorists in the world today.1 The Harold E. Wirth Eminent Scholar Chair in Economics and Professor of Economics at Loyola University, Block has written hundreds of articles and books

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Where War Begins

This is “Where War Begins,” my poem decrying various wars waged against humans and non-human animals both. Many thanks to Jonah Bregstone and Adrian Craig for recording me. Go vegan!

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Vegan Musings on Retribution

  The more evil I encounter in ordinary places, the more convinced I become that many criminals withering away in prison are not alone responsible for their crimes. In this respect, they resemble my “non-criminal” friends who regularly commit unconscionable

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Does Animals’ Meat-Eating Justify Our Own?

I do not think that humanity can justify its mass consumption of sentient non-human animals. However, some humans try to justify it by pointing to the carnivorous behavior of other species. “If alligators and pigs consume animals,” these meat-eaters figure, “then

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A Debate on the Rights of Non-Human Animals

Friends, I urge you to watch this important debate between Gary Francione and the late Tibor Machan regarding the rights of non-human animals. I think you will find Francione’s case quite strong.  

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Liberty and Peace with Sheldon Richman

I recently sat down with author, editor, and left-libertarian extraordinaire Sheldon Richman to discuss political philosophy. Here’s the video! You can also find a transcription (slightly edited for clarity’s sake) below. _____________________________________________________________________________ TR: Good evening, everybody. I’m Tommy Raskin. I’m speaking today with

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Antiwar Minarchism

This essay has two objectives. First, it will illustrate the differences between “minarchist” and “anarchist” understandings of international warfare. Second, it will demonstrate that international warfare generally violates minarchist principles. If it succeeds in this latter respect, devoted minarchists will

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