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Category Archive for 'Classical Liberalism'

On Shame

Perhaps the least appreciated idea in the western world today is the importance of shame. When I get my act together, I hope to begin a series on the topic. In a world populated with opportunism, and in a world where it seems a not insignificant portion of support for government is thinly veiled attempt […]

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In my readings on political philosophy, even the most hard-core socialists, from the state-ownership clan to the anarcho-syndicalist-socialist clan seem to accede the fact that capitalism is “second best.” In other words, they craft a utopian vision for what a socialist world could look like, but since people are crooked, selfish, etc. then we must […]

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Read this short post from Arnold Kling. He is spot on. I have not seen “classical liberals” make any dent toward raising the status and thinking about market oriented principles. All of the influence that the classical liberals have had has been on the social side of things. Not that this is all bad, it […]

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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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