Philosophy and Methodology

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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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Why Economics Cannot Be Understood through Experimentation

Philosophy and Methodology

Blog09/01/2020

Human beings make choices based on their own personal goals and values. There is no way to recreate these conditions in a laboratory experiment.

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Dworkin and the Free Market

Free MarketsPhilosophy and Methodology

Blog08/28/2020

In a free market, goods pass to those who are willing to pay the most to get them. A legal system that allows people to bid against each another for the goods they want displays equal concern for its citizens.

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Mises and Rothbard on Democracy

Philosophy and MethodologyPolitical Theory

Blog08/21/2020

Is democracy a vehicle for the peaceful transfer of power out of the hands of an unpopular government? Are ballots a substitute for bullets?

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Jefferson on the Family and Liberty

Media and CulturePhilosophy and Methodology

Blog08/14/2020

One of the standard criticisms of the free market point of view is that it treats individuals as isolated atoms who view other people only as means to the pursuit of their selfish ends. 

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Hayekian Coercion

Philosophy and Methodology

Blog08/07/2020

The political theorist Douglas W. Rae argues that to get the advantages of Hayekian freedom, everybody should be guaranteed a minimum amount of resources so that they can fully participate in the market.

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Buchanan and Anarchism

Philosophy and MethodologyPolitical Theory

Blog07/31/2020

Economist James Buchanan thinks that a state is necessary, because people wouldn't be able to agree on the boundaries of their rights.

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A Mistaken Idea

Philosophy and Methodology

Blog07/24/2020

Is the fact that other intelligent and well-informed people are antimarket reason for us to be less confident in our promarket convictions?

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Walter Berns and the Cult of "Patriotic" Sacrifice

Philosophy and Methodology

Blog07/17/2020

Berns thinks America has a fundamental problem: he believes not enough people in America are willing to sacrifice their lives to the state.

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Equality Is Good—Believe It or Else

ProgressivismPovertyPhilosophy and Methodology

Blog07/10/2020

Ultimately, the case for equality doesn’t amount to more than “You must believe in equality—because you must!”

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