I argue that it can be. But perhaps I misdefine libertarianism. Or, for that matter, governing. There responses, like this. Or this.
Jessica Hi Lauren! Nice to meet you! Lauren Nice to meet you too! Jessica Tell me about what you're working on- I hear you are writing about pregnancy/babies? I am also working on this topic so I can’t wait to hear what you have to say. Lauren So I was actually thrilled to see your article on obstetric autonomy and informed consent because it is really close to some of the work I'm doing right now on birth. [ 2,133 more words ]
Over at libertarianism.org, I have a longish blog post responding to the Washington Posts's Elizabeth Bruenig's two recent columns defending socialism. Some snippets: "The overarching problem with Bruenig’s two-column argument is her inability to fairly define capitalism and specifically define socialism. What we get in terms of capitalism in the first piece is this: [C]apitalism…encourages and requires fierce individualism, self-interested disregard for the other, and resentment of arrangements into which one deposits more than he or she withdraws. [ 372 more words ]
Let's start by describing the democratic ideal: Citizens have different world views, attitudes, beliefs, and values. Nevertheless, through fair, open-minded, and reasoned deliberation, we can come to understand each other and appreciate the force of each others' reasons. We can learn from one another and find mutually beneficial solutions, or at least good compromise solutions, to our disputes and problems. [ 525 more words ]
Here are a few thoughts for college libertarians who are able to invite speakers to campus and how they might do so in the most productive ways. Let me start by saying that the sort of interruptions we’ve seen this week with Yaron Brook and Christina Hoff Sommers are utterly unacceptable. Those who disrupt planned presentations with official permission to use space and students expecting a talk should be forcibly removed from the room and subject to the relevant disciplinary consequences. [ 1,211 more word ]
In the essay below, Phil Magness documents just why Nancy MacLean's behavior is so morally egregious. (Note that Magness has now uncovered evidence falsifying her story. The problem is not merely that MacLean provides no positive evidence that Buchanan favored segregation; rather, we know he opposed segregation as early as 1948, when he criticized it in his dissertation.) Read the whole thing here. [ 309 more words ]
John Tomasi, director of Brown University's Political Theory Project, was the subject of a recent anonymous critique published at UnKochMyCampus. The piece describes the PTP as a "Koch venture" that is part of a massive covert plan to infiltrate American Universities and spread "extremist" and "radical right-wing" thought, "indoctrinating" students with libertarian ideology. Yesterday, John Tomasi published his response… [ 418 more words ]
Trump is the worst president ever? So say an important subset of political scientists: That was the finding of the 2018 Presidents & Executive Politics Presidential Greatness Survey, released Monday by professors Brandon Rottinghaus of the University of Houston and Justin S. Vaughn of Boise State University. The survey results, ranking American presidents from best to worst, were based on responses from 170 current and recent members of the Presidents and Executive Politics section of the American Political Science Association. [ 275 more words ]
My new book, Toleration and Freedom From Harm: Liberalism Reconceived, is now available from Routledge and on Amazon. Regular readers of this blog will recognize some of the views I defend in it, including my defense of parental licensing. I also offer a refinement of my previous conceptual analysis of toleration and a detailed explanation of my (Feinbergian) account of harm as well as explanation as to how I think we ought to understand the harm principle. [ 204 more words ]
Jay: "I advocate open borders." Lots of people Left and Right: "What, you don't believe in national sovereignty?" Jay: "Well, no, but even if I did, invoking national sovereignty doesn't resolve the issue." Many people think something like the following argument is sound: 1. States have a right to national sovereignty. 2. National sovereignty includes a right to determine who may pass borders. [ 299 more words ]
Jonathan Anomaly has a review of our own Jessica Flanagan's book. In NDPR, which is pretty cool. Both the review and the book are worth a look.
I have a new essay up at Niskanen: "The weight of the words." A few talks and workshops on the west coast: Today, Stanford, Political Theory Workshop: "Justice in Babylon" Monday 2/12, UCSD, "Irregular Liberty" Tuesday University of San Diego (through the good graces of BHL team captain Matt Zwolinski), "Justice in Babylon" Wednesday 2/28, Mont Hamilton/ Bastiat Society of San Jose, 11:30 am, TBA (the… [ 28 more words ]
Some people think this is a good argument against school vouchers: Vouchers Are Racist 1. Many the people who originally defended school vouchers decades ago did so because they wanted to reinforce racial segregation/prevent racial integration. [Corrupt semi-historian Nancy MacLean continually lies to the public that James Buchanan had this motive, but presumably some people actually did, even if historical documents show that Buchanan in fact supported integration… [ 348 more words ]
John Thrasher and I have published an article in the American Journal of Political Science, "Political Stability in the Open Society," that BHL readers may find of interest. If you're interested in how to have a diverse and free but stable social order, take a look. I'm cross-posting the blog post linked here. In "Political Stability in the Open Society… [ 522 more words ]
Blogger's Note: This evening I received this following letter from a faculty member at Brown, who desires to remain anonymous to hide the fact that they are fictitious. In accordance with their wishes, I reproduce it in full here: I recently wrote a letter to the wonderful organization UnKoch My Campus in which I criticized the funding of higher education by the billionaire industrialist and international men of mystery Charles and David Koch. [ 444 more words ]
In case you haven't heard, Kevin Simler and Robin Hanson have published a remarkable book with Oxford University Press: The Elephant in the Brain: Hidden Motives in Everyday Life. Here is my blurb on the back cover: "If you want to know what makes people tick, read The Elephant in the Brain. Simler and Hanson have created the most comprehensive, powerful, unified explanation of human nature and behavior to date." -- [ 1,079 more word ]
Many economists advocate a "congestion tax" because it improves allocative efficiency. People who value the use of a road less than the total costs (including external congestion effects on other drivers) "should" put off their use of the road. But moving from one regime (ration using time) to another (ration using price) has distributional consequences. It's tempting to think we are talking Coase Theorem, but in fact we are talking Kaldor-Hicks-Scitovsky, which is another thing entirely. Should Manhattan charge a congestion tax, or just charge Uber?