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Category Archive for 'Classical Liberalism'

Of course, I will not share my thoughts at Thanksgiving … but here goes (start at 1:14 if you don’t like stories. One reason I love folk music is the stories): Please do NOT interpret this to suggest that I think this is an open and shut issue, or that there are not legitimate questions […]

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Bryan Caplan has a terrific post on common ridicules against classically-liberally-ish type people. Do read it in full. Before I excerpt some of it, a couple of points. Arguments by “opponents of freedom” (that’s not a good characterization) often look like this, “You only think that because you are in the libertarian tribe.” This, by […]

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Here is a good summary of the modern challenges facing philanthropists. Back when we had our student group this would have been a great topic for discussion. Aside from the obvious Hayekian concerns about knowledge and planning, the philosophical question of whether unborn future people can and should have a claim on us is difficult. […]

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Markets vs. Government

Via Alex Tabarrok: Reason can say no to the Hostess Twinkie but it has no counter to the gun and concentration camp.

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Allow me to ask a sort of stupid (series of?) question: (1) What does the peer-reviewed science conclude about the safety of vaccines? (2) What does the peer-reviewed science conclude about the efficacy of vaccines in preventing disease? OK. (3) What does the peer-reviewed science conclude about the safety of GMO foods? (4) What does the […]

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Of course, he did not go far enough on Cuba, but that’s like getting angry at … well, you find an apt analogy. I am ready for an “opponent” of mine to say, “but then you just approved an Executive Order and aren’t you really against overreaeches of power?” You DO have a point. But […]

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This is a theme that we will come back to from time to time. Let’s think for a minute about what Daniel Kahneman says about making good investment decisions: “You should talk to people who disagree with you and you should talk to people who are not in the same emotional situation you are,” (via Marginal […]

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As we’ve said here many times, we are NOT permitted to speak freely and honestly about race and the current state of affairs in America, But please allow me the following: Will the guilt-ridden and angry people of all stripes please spell out for me what someone like me is supposed to do. I am told […]

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Coyote’s Pipe Dream

He writes today: I learned a real lesson about politics from my brief involvement in this issue — which is, don’t ever become involved again.  I am still frankly reeling from the refusal of gay rights activists to work with our group because I and others involved did not hold other Left-wing opinions.  Until this […]

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I’ve already been asked to do a half-dozen campus events, give a couple of interviews, and sit on a couple of committees. I’ve said no to all of them, and I will no longer be part of any of it for the foreseeable future. The same is true about what I talk about here for the […]

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