Philosophy and Methodology

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The Problem with Belloc's Distributist Economy

Economic PolicyFree MarketsOther Schools of ThoughtPhilosophy and Methodology


The "distributist" theorists Chesterton and Belloc imagined that economic interventionism could make life easier and more free. Yet their proposed system is neither moral nor practical. 

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Deneen on Elitism

LibertarianismLiberalismProgressivismPhilosophy and Methodology


Patrick Deneen not only misunderstands John Stuart Mill, but he also misunderstands libertarians, claiming they are elitists who believe the world should be ruled by experts.

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Assumptions Matter Both in Economics and in the Real World

Other Schools of ThoughtPhilosophy and MethodologyPraxeology


One of the standard doctrines of mainstream economics is that the assumptions of a model do not have to reflect reality. Austrian economics vociferously disagrees.

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Why Do We Act against Our Self-Interest?

DemocracyPoliticsRationalismPhilosophy and MethodologyPolitical Theory


Rational choice theory claims that people in the political realm act in their own self-interest. However, in today's political climate, many people act against their own interests to avoid being attacked by others.

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Misreading Mill

LibertarianismLiberalismPhilosophyPhilosophy and Methodology


Patrick Deneen writes that the nonaggression principle promotes a liberalism that is harmful to society, as evidenced by John Stuart Mill's idea of the tyranny of public opinion.

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Rothbard on Utilitarianism

Other Schools of ThoughtPhilosophy and Methodology


Modern mainstream neoclassical economics is constructed on utilitarianism. Murray Rothbard challenged that worldview on many fronts.

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Econometric Models Cannot Fulfill the Role of an Economics Laboratory

Economic PolicyRationalismPhilosophy and Methodology


In their desire to make economic theory emulate physical sciences, economist create models that do not reflect genuine human action.

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Don’t Get on the Nationalist Bus

DemocracyEconomic PolicyPoliticsPhilosophy and Methodology


Like so many others in the "national greatness" movement, Christopher Buskirk understands some of the problems the country faces but fails to grasp the solutions.

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