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Your Rational Self vs. Your Irrational Self

Philosophy and MethodologyPolitical Theory

Blog01/31/2020

How can paternalists say that when they make it more difficult for you to smoke they aren’t interfering with your freedom? They've come up with a bizarre rationale.

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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 Age of Entitlement: The Legacy of Anti-Discrimination Laws

Book Reviews

Blog01/30/2020

The task that civil rights laws were meant to carry out—the top-down management of various ethnic, regional, and social groups—had always been the main task of empires. The US now imposes this both domestically and globally.

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The Medicaid Expansion Cheat

Health

Blog01/27/2020

Proponents of Medicaid expansion pioneered new ways of covering up the true costs of a government program.

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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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Peaceful Market Exchange—Not Politics—Harnesses the Value of Diversity

Free MarketsMedia and CultureProtectionism and Free Trade

Blog01/22/2020

Whether diversity is a social benefit depends on whether it creates excuses to fight each other for special treatment. Politicizing our differences is far more likely to make diversity a source of conflict.

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A World Without Entrepreneurs

Free MarketsWorld History

Blog01/21/2020

Entrepreneurs are the reason consumers have come to expect new gains and innovations in products and services every year. Without entrepreneurs, we'd still be using rotary phones.

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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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