In recent posts, Matt and Fernando talked about whether taxation was analogous to slavery. I thought I’d briefly say a little about this (now that I have returned from a land of higher taxation than the U.S.). With Matt, I think its clear that taxation is not, at core, slavery. Indeed, I think its clear […]
This is a post for philosophers; my apologies to readers who have different interests.
I want to suggest that, perhaps, libertarians can claim Kant as one of them. I don’t say that this is the true interpretation (whatever that means) of Kant’s political philosophy, but that it is a plausible interpretation.
In the Doctrine […]
There’s been a lot of talk about the Charles G. Koch Foundation’s funding of faculty positions at the Economics Department at FSU. Much of it has been critical, with it being variously claimed that the Foundation’s donation compromises academic integrity, violates academic freedom, has corrupted academia, and that the FSU economics department has “sold out” […]
I agree with Matt that describing Obamacare as slavery is a bad analogy. However, I think it is important to insist on using the term “slavery” when it properly applies but people refuse to use it for truth-insensitive reasons. For example, I think Cuba is a slave society (see our book, pp. 47-50). In […]
Rand Paul thinks universal health care involves slavery:
“With regard to the idea of whether you have a right to healthcare, you have to realize what that implies. It’s not an abstraction. I’m a physician. That means you have a right to come to my house and conscript me…It means you believe in slavery. It […]
Murray Rothbard believes that each person has a right of full self-ownership, and that if we were consistent in recognizing this fact and its implications, we would see that anarcho-capitalism follows from it. Much of Rothbard’s written work is devoted to tracing out the implications of self-ownership, and critiquing the foundations and policy prescriptions […]