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Differing Foundations in Libertarian Thought

John Hospers was professor emeritus of philosophy at the University of Southern California. He was also the first Libertarian Party Presidential candidate in 1972.

Geoffrey Sampson is professor emeritus in the School of Informatics at the University of Sussex and is currently a research fellow at the University of South Africa. His research includes work on linguistics, computer science, and philosophy.

Nigel Ashford is senior program officer at the Institute for Humane Studies. He joined IHS from Staffordshire University where he was a professor of politics.

In this panel Hospers, Sampson, and Ashford respond to a lecture on the philosophical foundations of libertarian thought delivered by author and professor Norman Barry.

John Hospers Compares John Ross’s Unintended Consequences and Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged



John Hospers was professor emeritus of philosophy at the University of Southern California. He was also the first Libertarian Party Presidential candidate in 1972.

In this lecture from an International Society of Individual Liberty conference in 1996, Hospers compares John Ross’s novel Unintended Consequences with Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged. Hospers was a personal friend of Rand during her lifetime. He passed away in 2011.

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The Sovietization of America John Hospers Video

John Hospers was professor emeritus of philosophy at the University of Southern California. He was also the first Libertarian Party Presidential candidate in 1972.

In this video from a 1994 International Society for Individual Liberty conference, Hospers shares his thoughts on the current state of affairs in America, citing the litigation explosion, silly laws and regulatory overreach, the proposed Clinton healthcare program, minimum mandatory sentencing guidelines and civil asset forfeiture policies, and more generally all manner of government interference in Americans’ lives.

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John Hospers Looks Back at His Career Video

Dr. John Hospers was professor emeritus of philosophy at the University of Southern California. He was also the Libertarian Party’s first presidential candidate in 1972. He speaks here at the International Society for Individual Liberty’s World Libertarian Conference in 2000. Dr. Hospers recalls a lifetime spent promoting the ideas of liberty and touches on everything from his friendship with Ayn Rand to his positions on war, civil liberties, and the current state of American politics. He passed away in 2011.
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