Justice At A Distance: Extending Freedom Globally

Dec 03, 2015
George Mason University, Fairfax Campus Mason Hall D180

The current global-justice literature starts from the premise that world poverty results mostly from the actions of governments and citizens of rich countries. As a result, it recommends vast coercive transfers of wealth from rich to poor societies alongside stronger governance. But is it possible that global injustice is actually home-grown? If so, how can we alleviate poverty? What duties do we owe the world’s poor? In Justice at a Distance, Loren Lomasky and Fernando Tesón argue that native restrictions to freedom lie at the root of poverty and stagnation, and that free markets in goods, services, and labor are capable of alleviating poverty.

Please join the F.A. Hayek Program for Advanced Study in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University for a panel discussion featuring Loren Lomasky and his new book, Justice at a Distance: Extending Freedom Globally (Cambridge University Press).

We will be pleased to hear from author Loren Lomasky, as well as panel chair Peter Boettke, and commenters Michael Clemens and Jesse Kirkpatrick.

For any further questions, please contact Bethany Stalter at bstalter@mercatus.gmu.edu or (703) 993-4889.

Loren Lomasky is the Cory Professor of Political Philosophy, Policy, and Law and the Director of the Political Philosophy, Policy, and Law Program at the University of Virginia.  He is best known for his book, Persons, Rights, and the Moral Community (Oxford University Press, 1987), which established his reputation as a leading advocate of a rights-based approach to moral and social issues. He has held research appointments sponsored by the NEH, the Center for the Study of Public Choice, the Australian National University and Bowling Green’s Social Philosophy and Policy Center. He specializes in the philosophy of religion, medieval philosophy, and many topics in moral and political philosophy.

Peter Boettke is University Professor of Economics and Philosophy at George Mason University, the BB&T Professor for the Study of Capitalism, and the director of the F. A. Hayek Program for Advanced Study in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University. In addition to these roles, he is also the President-Elect and Program Chair of the Southern Economic Association. He specializes in Austrian economics, economic history, institutional analysis, public choice, and social change.

Michael Clemens is the Research Manager and Senior Fellow at the Center for Global Development, where he leads the Migration and Development initiative. In addition to these roles, he is a Research Fellow at IZA, the Institute for the Study of Labor in Bonn, Germany, and an affiliate of the Financial Access Initiative at New York University. Clemens has served as an Affiliated Associate Professor of Public Policy at Georgetown University, a visiting scholar at New York University, and as a consultant for the World Bank, Bain & Co., the Environmental Defense Fund, and the United Nations Development Program.

Jesse Kirkpatrick is the Assistant Director of the Institute for Philosophy and Public Policy at George Mason University. Prior to joining the Institute for Philosophy and Public Policy, he was an Assistant Professor at Radford University, and a Resident Postdoctoral Fellow at the U.S. Naval Academy’s Stockdale Center for Ethical Leadership. His interests include the history of political theory, applied ethics, and the ethics of military technology.