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John Rawls's Unfortunate Notions of the Nation-State

Philosophy and Methodology

Blog11/29/2019

John Rawls claimed "justice" demands governments use their power to benefit the least well off in a given society. But then he arbitrarily restricts the scope of these programs to particular nation-states. This betrays a fundamental problem with his idea of inequality.

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Jay Powell's Critics Don't Know More than He Does

Money and BanksMoney and Banking

Blog09/04/2019

In the blurry world of conflicting economic indicators and forecasts and policy surprises, activist policymakers at the Fed do not know exactly what the “right” monetary policy is today. Neither do their activist critics.

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Just War Theory and the US Attack on Syria

War and Foreign PolicyPhilosophy and Methodology

Blog04/24/2018

Acting to promote power political interests does not meet the criterion of humanitarianism, even if the missile attack is defended as a humanitarian gesture.

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Jeffrey Sachs's Blind Spot

Taxes and SpendingInterventionismPolitical Theory

Blog04/19/2017
Jeffrey Sachs rightly sees the problems of state interventionism in foreign policy. But he then fails to see the same holds on domestic policy.
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Justice and "Social Justice" Are Two Very Different Things

Taxes and SpendingPhilosophy and MethodologyPolitical Theory

Blog02/23/2017
There's no way to square the coercive positive rights of “social justice” with the concept of “liberty and justice for all.”
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Jean-Baptiste Say, on the 250th Anniversary of His Birth

BiographiesPolitical Theory

Blog01/01/2017

J.B. Say was the foremost French political economist in the early 1800s, and many of his insights are important for economists today.

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James Grant: The United States of Insolvency

Booms and BustsThe FedFinancial MarketsU.S. Economy

04/29/2016Audio/Video
When did fiscal and monetary sanity become a radical position in America? Jeff Deist interviews Jim Grant, editor of Grant's Interest Rate Observer .
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