Several of us have sung the praises of Students for Liberty in this space and they are indeed an amazing group of young people who will one day lead this movement. In recognition of that generational shift, Sarah Skwire, Aeon Skoble, Lynne Kiesling and I, along with the direction of Sarah’s husband Darren Waschow, […]
In his new book, Thinking Fast and Slow, Daniel Kahneman illustrates a lesson of central importance to bleeding heart libertarians: that if you want to help the poor, trusting your intuitions about how to do so is a bad way to go.
Say you think that all autonomous people are entitled to make decisions without state interference, even if those decisions are ultimately self-harming. You may then notice that there are a few people around you who are less-than autonomous. What should we do about them?
Children (and not just the drowning ones) are a difficult […]
I’m pleased to announce that Jessica Flanigan is going to be guest blogging for BHL for the coming month.
Jessica works on political philosophy and applied ethics. This year she is a ABD at Princeton’s Program in Political Philosophy and a visiting scholar at Brown University. Next semester, she will join the Jepson School of Leadership Studies […]
Capitalism and Freedom was published in 1962 without much fanfare, though it has since stood the test of time. But Free to Choose was an international sensation when it was published in 1980. Among economists of a certain generation, they find Capitalism and Freedom the more tightly reasoned book, and explain the […]
Economists are frequently (a) subjectivists about value and (b) consequentialists. (a) and (b) are in tension.
Brief dialectical summary:
Non-Consequentialist Philosopher: What should we do?
Typical Economist: Maximize utility!
Philosopher: What should you do?
Economist: Pursue what I value.
Philosopher: What about when pursuing what you value doesn’t maximize […]