BY: Robin Koerner, Host
PUBLISHED: October 23, 2015
Rule of Law is the Sine Qua Non of LibertyToday on The Blue Republican, Robin introduces Tom Palmer to discuss the how (probably) every culture has a narrative of liberty and how the spread of liberty depends not so much on the widespread adoption of a particular philosophy but on various conditions that prevail more or less in various cultures at various times. We consider the importance of humble empiricism in understanding, and promoting, liberty. In particular, Tom makes a sharp distinction between being for liberty and against the state and elucidates that tyranny doesn’t follow from government per se, but from a lack of the Rule of Law, which is the sine qua non of liberty.
I first met Tom on a sidewalk in Bishkek (Kyrgyzstan) where he was doing what he spends most of his life doing – helping set up foundations and organizations for liberty in some of the places that need them the most.
About Tom Palmer
Tom Palmer is the executive vice president for international programs at the Atlas Network, and is responsible for establishing operating programs in 14 languages and managing programs for a worldwide network of think tanks. He is also a senior fellow at the Cato Institute and director of Cato University.
Tom is also an author of some important books on libertarianism, and most importantly for this show, has a huge knowledge of the histories and traditions of liberty that can be found around the world.