Libertarianism

One of the Koch brothers stepped from the shadows yesterday to offer a detailed glimpse into his worldview in an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal. The piece is revealing at a number of levels, but most interesting to me is the stunted and historically inaccurate way in which Charles Koch...
04/04/2014
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Forty years ago, when Ralph Nader was at the height of his fame, a major critique of corporations was they knowingly put their bottom line above the health and safety of the American people. Exposés of car safety, cigarettes, air pollution, lead paint, and prescription drugs revealed how...
04/02/2014
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If you ask Cato's Michael Tanner, inequality is a non-issue for a bunch of reasons, including because it has nothing to do with unfairness. Tanner writes: most wealthy Americans earned their wealth through talent and hard work. Roughly 80 percent of millionaires in America are the first...
01/16/2014
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The Cato Institute claims to be a leading defender of individual liberty, and in that role, it has endlessly sounded the alarm about government surveillance and other state encroachments on people's privacy. Weirdly, though, Cato rarely mentions even bigger threats to privacy from corporations...
11/27/2013
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Last week, I pointed out that libertarians are huge fans of initiating force against people (I, II). Initiation of force is, after all, what underlies all private property regimes.  If you don't believe me, go walk into some house the law says you cannot walk into and see what happens....
11/24/2013
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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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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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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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