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Why GDP Can't Measure the Quality of Life

Philosophy and Methodology

Blog11/14/2020

GDP fails to account for many measures of quality of life, such as personal safety, the local climate, leisure time, and more.

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Rothbard and the Problem of Rules

Philosophy and MethodologyPolitical Theory

Blog11/13/2020

It makes sense that individual ethics can vary within a natural law framework: the nonaggression principle isn't so much a rule to be applied as a norm to be followed. It's the foundation that makes life among other people possible.

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John Rawls's Theories Help Refute John Rawls's Theories

Philosophy and Methodology

Blog11/06/2020

Rawls’s doubts about global justice make him an effective critic of his own theory of justice.

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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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