“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness – That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the […]
Category Archive for 'Classical Liberalism'
I promised last week that we’d have an interesting post on the “problem” of rent. Not sure about the interesting part, but here is the post nonetheless. First, a generic observation about property rights. For any economy to operate, we must have some institution of property rights that is reasonably well functioning. “Well-functioning” actually has […]
Among some of the most unproductive questions I am asked regularly include questions of the type, “are you in support of XYZ?” As if XYZ is some monolithic, black and white, easy to understand and represent with the word XYZ, thing. Of course, it is not. So, in the past I’ve been very evasive when […]
A couple of related thoughts and questions. 1) I grew up, to put it one way, not at all rich. Can you articulate at which point in my life I became the purveyor of oppression and deserving not only of scorn but of aggressive redistributive efforts? 2) If folks wish to distinguish wealth that is […]
If you are inclined to want to put people into groups like “Classical Liberal” so be it … I find it increasingly not useful. But you may put that particular label in your head for now, or perhaps the “libertarian” label. My sense is that if you asked a particular group member what they thought […]
Do this. The folks out in Bozeman are terrific. The scenery is not half bad either. Same for the beer.
The federal government collected $350 billion from corporations in corporate income taxes last year. Economists have long understood and explain that the US federal (and state) corporate income tax rates are at the same time both too high and too low. Why do we say this? Well, the tax rate is, at the margin, very […]
Posted in Classical Liberalism, Competition, Corporatism, Economic Illiteracy, Economics Problems, ethical foundations, Government Thuggery, If I Really Hated the Poor ..., Market Failures, Methodology, Politics, Religion, Voluntary Society, You Can't Have it Both Ways on Dec 10th, 2013
The “left” sees the last 34 years as a revival (was there ever a VIVAL?) of laissez-faire dogmatism. Some folks like myself see it as almost the diametric opposite. Of course, some of this could be “settled” by empirical evidence. The number of pages of regulations? The dollars spent complying with regulations? The number of […]
Here on our lovely campus I receive as a front-page feature story in my intranet page: STUDENT was President of STUDENT GROUP last year the dining rep since her freshman year. STUDENT aims to “convert people through food.” Let’s rewrite that. Wintercow was Director of the Classical Liberal Foundation and the Property Rights advocate since […]
And so it has absolutely no chance of seeing the light of day. Tyler Cowen links to this Reihan Salam post summarizing a good argument from Avik Roy’s new book: offer a coverage option that better meets the needs of the poor while also reducing public expenditures: Start by paying a primary-care physician $80 a […]