Full biography and recent publications
David Beito Archive
David Beito is a Research Fellow at The Independent Institute and editor of the Independent book, The Voluntary City: Choice, Community, and Civil Society (with Peter Gordon and Alexander Tabarrok).
Full biography and recent publications
By David Beito • Sunday October 13, 2013 at 3:31 PM PDT
Tags: Austrian School of Economics, Civil Society, Classical Liberalism, Economics, Education, Free Market, History, Integrity, Libertarianism, Liberty, Morality, Natural Law, Peace, Personal Liberty, The State
By David Beito • Friday March 23, 2012 at 9:26 AM PDT
In this disturbing 1934 propaganda film for eugenics, “Tomorrows Children,” the judge ordering a sterilization paraphrases “progressive,” Supreme Court Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.’s infamous line from the majority opinion in Buck v. Bell: “Three generations of imbeciles are enough.”
Last Chance to Sign Open Letter to Obama (prominent libertarians, academics, former government officials, liberals, conservatives, etc., already on list)
By David Beito • Tuesday June 28, 2011 at 8:33 AM PDT
If want to add your name to this distinguished list, which includes many people well known to libertarians (see below for the names), you have until Wednesday (5:00 PM Pacific, 8:00 PM Eastern). Just send an email to Kevin Zeese at KBZeese@gmail.com and provide a brief descriptor of what you would like next to...
Tags: Afghanistan, Constitution, Defense, Imperialism, interventionism, Iran, Iraq, Liberty, Libya, Middle East, militarism, Military, non-interventionism, Obama, Peace, Presidential Power, Terrorism, undelared wars, War, War in Afghanistan, war in Iraq
By David Beito • Monday May 16, 2011 at 12:22 PM PDT
Kevin Zeese, a leading proponent of the conservative/liberal/libertarian antiwar coalition, is soliciting signers for this excellent letter. If you want to add your name, as I did, send an email to Zeese at firstname.lastname@example.org. Dear President Obama: The wars in which the United States is currently engaged—in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iraq and Libya—are undermining U.S....
Tags: Afghanistan, anti-imperialism, antiwar coalition, Dick Cheney, George Washington, Imperial Presidency, Imperialism, Iran, Iraq, justice, Liberty, Libya, Middle East, militarism, Military, non-interventionism, Pakistan, Peace, War, war on terror
By David Beito • Saturday May 7, 2011 at 6:47 AM PDT
My article on Talk Radio as an example of spontaneous order in tornado relief just appeared in The Wall Street Journal. Here is an excerpt: The tornado that tore through here late last month left 41 dead and 12 still missing. Whole neighborhoods now resemble bombed-out postwar Tokyo or Berlin. But this devastation is...
By David Beito • Wednesday May 4, 2011 at 8:18 AM PDT
As many of you know, I teach at the University of Alabama at Tuscaloosa. I really appreciate all of the emails and calls asking how I fared in the tornado. We are fine as are all our family and friends. The tornado by-passed Northport (where I live) entirely. It also spared the University of...
By David Beito • Tuesday April 12, 2011 at 12:52 PM PDT
Scott Horton, human rights attorney and editor of widely-read blog, No Comment will be in the next speaker in the Liberty and Power Lectures on Thursday, April 14. His talk, “James Madison, Executive Powers and the Rise of the National Security State,” will begin at 5 p.m. at the Bedsole Moot Court Room at...
By David Beito • Sunday April 3, 2011 at 2:41 PM PDT
Anyone who thinks that they know anything about World War I, Harry S Truman, or Winston Churchill should first read Great Wars and Great Leaders: A Libertarian Rebuttal by Ralph Raico. Once they do, they might realize just how little they really know. I have taught and researched American history for a quarter century...
Tags: Adolph Hitler, American History, Books, Communism, England, Europe, Fascism, Franklin Roosevelt, Harry S Truman, Joseph Stalin, Nazis, The State, War, Winston Churchill, World War I, World War II
By David Beito • Friday March 25, 2011 at 10:43 AM PDT
Spike Lee has reminded us of his longtime, and all too predictable, belief that Cleopatra was black on the occasion of Liz Taylor’s funeral. This instantly brought to mind Zora Neale Hurston’s pithy retort to similar claims by W.E.B. DuBois: “I resent his putting that Greek slut, Cleopatra, into the same race as me.”
By David Beito • Wednesday March 9, 2011 at 8:19 AM PDT
Juan Cole, the great historian and the author of the “to go to” blog on the contemporary Middle East, Informed Comment, will speak tonight at the University of Alabama on the timely topic of “Liberty, Power, and Dictatorship: U.S. Foreign Policy in the Middle East.” His speech, which is the most recent installment of...