Philosophy and Methodology

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The State Is a Predator. It Can't Be Used to Achieve Libertarian Ends

Philosophy and Methodology

Blog01/30/2020

In portraying the state as an integral part of economy and society, advocates of "state capacity libertarianism" ignore the state's unique political, i.e., predatory, nature.

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Why Democracy Doesn't Give Us What We Want

Philosophy and MethodologyPolitical Theory

Blog01/30/2020

Uncritically holding democracy out as an ideal overlooks the question of whether market democracy or political democracy better serves citizens.

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The True Costs of Bad Economists, Explained

Calculation and KnowledgePhilosophy and Methodology

Blog01/28/2020

In terms of economics, what currently is should be of very little importance: what matters, and that we should seek to understand, is the process that brought it about and that will create what will be in its place.

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Hegel's Very Odd Definition of Freedom

SocialismPhilosophy and Methodology

Blog01/24/2020

Liberalism conceives of freedom as the absence of constraint, but Hegel's definition is more expansive. And, of course, the state is a necessary condition for it.

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Luck and Taxes

Philosophy and Methodology

Blog01/17/2020

Some argue that someone’s superior talent or success is itself the result of mere luck. That claim, and its relevance as a justification for redistribution, has generated much controversy.

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Economist: Your Freedom Is Dangerous Because You Might Set a Bad Example

Philosophy and Methodology

Blog01/10/2020

Why should we think that government officials are better at acting “rationally” than those they regulate? Even if we were to concede that smoking deserves to be restricted, why should we think the government can do it in a reasonable way?

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How to Write and Understand History

Philosophy and Methodology

Blog12/28/2019

Economic history is possible only because there is an economic theory capable of throwing light upon economic actions. If there were no economic theory, reports concerning economic facts would be nothing more than a collection of unconnected data open to any arbitrary interpretation.

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To Be Useful, Data Needs Theory

Philosophy and Methodology

Blog12/28/2019

Statistical data is merely history, but a competent historian does not simply let the events speak for themselves. He arranges them according to the ideas underlying the general notions he uses in their presentation. He does not report facts as they happened, but only relevant facts.

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Why Marx Was against Individual Rights

SocialismPhilosophy and Methodology

Blog12/27/2019

Karl Marx agreed with Rothbard that individual rights lead to inequality. For Marx, though, this was an argument against rights.

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Failing to Emigrate Does Not Mean You Give Consent to the State

Philosophy and Methodology

Blog12/20/2019

State agents are wrong when they claim, "If you stay here, you must follow our rules. If you do follow our rules, you have tacitly consented to obey us."

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