About Us

200-Proof Liberals is a blog about political philosophy, ethics, and public policy. Contributors to the site value individual liberty-- including freedom of thought and expression, freedom from violence, and economic freedom.  


Jason Brennan is the Robert J. and Elizabeth Flanagan Professor of Strategy, Economics, Ethics, and Public Policy at the McDonough School of Business, Georgetown University. He works on democratic theory and the moral foundations of liberal market societies.

Billy Christmas is a Senior Lecturer in Political Philosophy at King's College London in the Department of Political Economy. His research interests are in property rights and authority.

Ryan Davis is Assistant Professor at Brigham Young University.  He believes conceptual truths about agency ultimately ground all of the fundamental moral principles.  Explaining why has proven tricky.  In the meantime, he writes about the value of autonomy in ethics, politics, and religion.

Jessica Flanigan is the Richard L. Morrill Chair in Ethics and Democratic Values at the University of Richmond. Her work addresses topics such as the enforceability of rights, egalitarianism, the authority of social norms, and the ethics of motherhood. She is a proponent of effective altruism.

Christopher Freiman is Associate Professor of Philosophy at William & Mary. He works on topics such as immigration, distributive justice, and democratic theory.

Lauren Hall is Associate Professor Department of Political Science at Rochester Institute of Technology. She writes and blogs on the classical liberal tradition, medical ethics and policy, and various and sundry other issues related to the interplay between policy and ethics.

Hrishikesh Joshi is Assistant Professor in the Department of Philosophy at Bowling Green State University. He works on topics such as political polarization, social epistemology, immigration, and justice.

Tarik D. LaCour is a Ph.D. student in philosophy and a Master's student in neuroscience at Texas A&M University. He works in the philosophy of neuroscience, philosophy of mind, moral psychology, and cognitive neuroscience. Politically, Tarik is a conservative in the tradition of David Hume, Michael Oakeshott, and John Kekes. He blogs personally here.

Daniel Shapiro is Professor Emeritus of Philosophy at West Virginia University. He works on issues in liberalism, desert and entrepreneurship, social insurance, the welfare state, free speech, free markets, drug policy, and rights theory.

Jasmine Rae Straight is a doctoral candidate in Philosophy at the University of Colorado, Boulder. Her research deals with self-defense issues against the state, gun rights, free speech and consent issues, and other ethical issues surrounding the individual's relationship to the state.

Fernando R. Tesón is Eminent Scholar Emeritus at Florida State University College of Law. He works on topics such as the philosophy of international law, global justice, and classical-liberal political theory.


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