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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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Demolishing the Lincoln Myth, Yet Again

Book ReviewsDecentralization and SecessionU.S. History

Blog07/18/2020

DiLorenzo demolishes the mythological view that Lincoln's primary motive for opposing secession in 1861 was his distaste for slavery. 

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Does the Free Market Corrupt People?

Free MarketsPhilosophy and MethodologyPrices

Blog06/19/2020

Michael Sandel doesn't like capitalism. But he can't seem to manage an economic argument for why. He's content to claim that capitalism is morally corrupting, converting anticapitalism into a sort of pseudoreligious faith.

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Democracy Is Coercive, No Matter What "Civic Republicans" Say

Blog12/06/2019

For an advocate of civil republicanism, you could be drafted into the army, or taxed at very high rates, and that's fine because you participated in a process (democracy) in which you helped pick your own rulers. This view of freedom has a few problems.

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Don't Tax Spanish Olives — And Don't Subsidize them Either

Cronyism and CorporatismTaxes and Spending

Complaints about unfair trade practices — when made by US and EU officials — have the whiff of hypocrisy about them.
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Deneen on Historical Change

Political Theory

Blog01/28/2018
Deneen contends that the ideas of foundational great thinkers molded modern political and social history. He fails to argue for this; he just "tell us."
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Deneen on Liberalism

Political Theory

Blog01/16/2018
Deneen, a political theorist at Notre Dame, has written an insightful account of how isolated individuals turn to the State. Unfortunately, his account of classical liberalism is open to objection.
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Don't Trust the US Government on Missile Defense

StrategyWar and Foreign Policy

Blog11/01/2017
The US state is empowered by the idea that it can wage wars at will without the American domestic population facing any risk of retaliation.
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