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How I Survived Travel to a "Democracy" Where I Had No Vote

Philosophy and MethodologyPolitical Theory

Blog10/31/2020

If democracy is so fundamental, shouldn’t we all have a vote in every place we set foot, from Sunbury, Alaska, to Monaco?

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Here's Yet Another Way Rawls Was Wrong About Equality

Philosophy and Methodology

Blog10/30/2020

Rawls claims equality is the default position and any departure from it requires justification. This is a trick that slants the debate in Rawls's favor. Anthony Flew didn't fall for it. 

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Can Rawlsian Democracy Coexist with Markets?

Philosophy and Methodology

Blog10/09/2020

To adopt a Rawlsian account of justice, you have to accept democratic participation in a strong sense. For Rawls, the people in a society must decide political questions together.

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Mises's Complicated View of Christianity

Philosophy and Methodology

Blog10/02/2020

"With regard to the doctrine that God is wholly other than man and that his essence and nature cannot be grasped by mortal man, the natural sciences and a philosophy derived from them have nothing to say."

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Mises and Moral Relativism

Philosophy and MethodologySubjectivism

Blog09/25/2020

Mises thought that social cooperation through the free market resulted in peace and prosperity, regardless of whether people or societies accepted this or not.

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Willmoore Kendall on Mill and Free Speech

Philosophy and Methodology

Blog09/18/2020

Kendall, a leading twentieth-century conservative, admired Rousseau and thought it was a good thing that Rousseau's "general will" of the people suppresses freedom of opinion.

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The Problem with "Predictive" Theories of Economics

Book ReviewsPhilosophy and Methodology

Blog09/17/2020

There is almost never clear evidence that a theory's predictions are false. You can always adjust something in the theory to make it come out true, and that is what all too many economists do.

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Risk and Uncertainty

Calculation and KnowledgePhilosophy and Methodology

Blog09/11/2020

The distinction between risk and uncertainty is a key tenet of the Austrian school. Mainstream neoclassicists reject it.

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Why Freedom of Association Is So Important

Book ReviewsLegal SystemPhilosophy and Methodology

Blog09/10/2020

Tyrants inevitably work to destroy private associations. Such associations are outside of their control and are an alternative pole of allegiance, and therefore must be eliminated.

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Rothbard and Double Restitution

Legal SystemPhilosophy and Methodology

Blog09/04/2020

Economists who have written on punishment find Rothbard's “double restitution” idea puzzling, because they think about it only in terms of economic efficiency. But Rothbard's theory is based on a moral principle.

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