My first post this week led to some interesting discussion in the comments, which has in turn led me to this post. One issue that came up there was, and I paraphrase: “Okay, fine, markets really do benefit the poor, but the dispute between modern liberals and libertarians is not over ‘markets’ but over ‘free […]
Always make sure to read the prefaces and introductions to Nozick’s books. They’re fascinating.
Nozick is smarter than you. If you and he had a live debate about something (anything), he would probably win. (He’d be able to outargue you, even if you were right and he were wrong.) Despite that, Nozick has a surprising […]
A question for my libertarian friends who think legalizing same-sex marriage is problematic because it extends the state’s involvement in the institution:
Suppose everyone paid taxes to Social Security but benefits were only available to white folks, leading to someone proposing to make benefits also available to non-whites. Would you argue that was […]
I’ll write a more serious post tomorrow. But here’s a little lighthearted fun.
Nozick is often interpreted as grounding his main arguments in Anarchy, State, and Utopia on self-ownership. People view him as making the following kind of argument, the Self-Ownership Implies Libertarianism Argument:
Every moral agent is a self-owner. To be […]
According to an email from the NY Times, The White House and Congress agreed to allow free trade agreements with South Korea, Colombia and Panama to move forward. Good. But the deal apparently “includes funding through 2013 for a program that provides benefits, including cash payments, to workers whose jobs are shipped overseas.” The two […]
I’m going to blog my way through re-reading Anarchy, State, and Utopia. Sometimes I will defend it; sometimes I will criticize it. Sometimes I’ll cite secondary literature, but usually I won’t. Here’s the first post.
Anarchy, State, and Utopia (hereafter ASU) is divided into three parts. Part I argues that a minimal state is […]