Gordon Gamm Initiative

In part one of my series of what libertarians are huge fans of, the topic was coercion. They loves them some coercion. In today's episode, we will discuss libertarian's second great love: the initiation of force. Yesterday, Reason ran a post by Sheldon Richman, who–as Sarah Burnside...
11/17/2013
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The more complex a system is, the more it is at risk of failing in complex ways that were not anticipated by its architects. It would be hard to imagine a more complicated way of expanding health coverage than the Affordable Care Act. I say that, appreciating that Obamacare will eventually bring...
11/04/2013
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Robert Hale was an economically-trained legal realist who plied his craft as a legal scholar in the early 20th century. As his sparse Wikipedia page suggests, he has not had much lasting fame. This is a shame. On the merits, Hale is one of the greatest analytical critics of laissez-faire...
10/28/2013
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Libertarianism as it exists in the United States is basically a mid-20th century American philosophy, at least in origin. Owing perhaps to a combination of bad introductory classes and an urge for a longer historical pedigree, libertarians often like to pretend that great canonical thinkers prior...
10/23/2013
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Peter Frase has a good post at Jacobin about the delusional tech sector in general and their response to the BART strike in particular. It seems that parts of the tech sector have become so full of themselves that they have begun having Great Man delusions. A public transit strike...
10/22/2013
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Yesterday, it looked like moderates in the House of Representatives, led by John Boehner, had finally concocted a plan to avert a default and end the government shutdown. Then the plan went down in flames. The deal, the result of weeks of haggling, removed proposals to defund Obamacare and left in...
10/16/2013
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The CATO Institute styles itself as the nation's leading defender of personal liberty, but don't count on these libertarians to watch your back in the face of any threats you may face from powerful private actors. No, CATO is only worried about threats posed by public entities.  That's strange...
10/09/2013
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The most frustrating thing for advocates of a strong public sector is how Americans tend to take government for granted. As Suzanne Mettler showed in The Submerged State, a great many people who have benefitted from government programs don't acknowledge that fact. Over 40 percent of people who have...
10/01/2013
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Trevor Burrus at CATO has some thoughts about Demos' new effort to critique libertarian thinking. Burrus begins his article by distancing libertarians from certain misconceptions about their beliefs. Demos concedes and is aware of the benefits of capitalism enumerated by Burrus. Many libertarians...
09/24/2013
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News flash: Cato study shows that universal healthcare systems are totally compatible with high levels of economic freedom. No, that's not what Cato said about its gigantic new study that measures economic freedom across the world. But that is what the study itself clearly shows. Nearly all the...
09/19/2013
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