OK, so the Supreme Court largely upheld Obamacare. Most libertarians are unsurprised. Some more pragmatic libertarians are terribly disappointed by the ruling, but a minority – and I’m one of them – has emphasized the silver lining. Specifically, Roberts and the dissenters all held that the mandate was unconstitutional under the commerce clause, potentially […]
Etiquette gets a bit of a bad rap from philosophers. Part of the blame, I suspect, has to go to Philippa Foot, whose otherwise excellent article, “Morality as a System of Hypothetical Imperatives,” famously employed etiquette as an example of a set of norms with which we have only trivial reasons to […]
NYU Philosopher and legal theorist Jeremy Waldron thinks so. That’s the subject of his new book, The Harm in Hate Speech. He summarizes the view in this short video.
Thoughts BHLers? I’ve got a pretty good idea where our libertarian commentators are going to come down on this issue. How about you non-libertarian […]
The Supreme Court will soon release its decision on ObamaCare. I have no dog in this fight–I have no opinion as to whether it is constitutional or not. (Actually, I think the law is inconsistent, and so I think there is a compelling legal case for both sides.)
From my perspective as an outsider, most […]
Will Wilkinson’s subtle and probing contribution to this symposium asks: how Hayekian is Free Market Fairness? The answer depends in […]
In her fascinating and pyrotechnic contribution to this symposium, “Factual Free Market Fairness,” Deirdre McCloskey identifies […]