Gordon Gamm Initiative

Harry Binswanger wrote a post over at Forbes that lit up the internet yesterday. In it, he claims that really it is the 99 percent, that should give back to the 1 percent, from whose teet we apparently all suckle. Needless to say, the argument that unfolds is a total train wreck. Binswanger’s...
09/18/2013
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Before I get into this, let me say I hate history. It's such an unfortunate subject in so many ways. In the context of libertarian arguments especially, the philosophy is so much better. Nonetheless, I argued a short time ago that libertarians are battling history insofar as society after...
09/13/2013
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To my delight, Mr. Trevor Burrus over at Cato has responded to the call, ready to engage us here at Demos about the nature of libertarianism. As I wasted much of my prime youthful years reading libertarian texts, this should be a fruitful exchange. My first question for Cato and libertarians more...
09/11/2013
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Ashok Rao had an interesting post yesterday about the limits of free contract. The post got me thinking about the general problems with the idea that any contract is free and the idea that a transaction being “mutually beneficial” actually tells us anything meaningful. Free Contract In his...
09/09/2013
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On Tuesday, I wrote about libertarianism’s battle with history utilizing the insights of the famed Karl Polanyi. In some of the responses to my post, the universal libertarian retort became unsheathed once again. If you track these debates, you know it by now: “that’s just crony...
09/05/2013
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The Cato Institute has long been a critic of "corporate welfare," and over the years, it has directed fire at many worthy targets—from tax breaks for Big Oil to the military-industrial-complex.  But Cato is also guilty of wildly stretching the definition of corporate welfare, applying this...
09/03/2013
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Economic libertarianism’s most amusing failing is philosophical. In particular, the non-aggression form of libertarianism so popular among the Paul clan and their followers quite straightforwardly generates the conclusion that all private property is unjust theft. Such internal contradictions...
09/02/2013
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Nick Gillespie at Reason wrote last week about Demos' new initiative on libertarian ideology. Here are a few thoughts in response.  Let’s begin by stating what libertarians and the Gamm Initiative have in common. We share in common a commitment to civil liberties and curbing “mindless...
08/30/2013
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Yesterday, Demos announced the Gordon Gamm Initiative, which seeks to critique the rise of libertarianism. Naturally, I have interpreted that announcement as greenlighting me to rehash a bunch of comical libertarian philosophical debates, a great pastime of mine over at mattbruenig.com. Before...
08/20/2013
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The emergence of Rand Paul as a leading contender for the Republican presidential nomination marks an important turning point: Extreme libertarianism has entered the mainstream of American politics. This shift has been coming for 30 years, a period of growing attacks on government as the enemy...
08/20/2013
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