Sorry for the long absence. As my students might say, I’ve had some personal ‘issues.’
Anyway, I am linking to Will Wilkinson’s blog post of an argument by Samuel Freeman in his paper “Capitalism in the Classical and High Liberal Traditions” Will’s blog post can be found here: http://bigthink.com/ideas/40584?page=all and Freeman’s article can be found here: http://journals.cambridge.org/action/displayFulltext?type=1&fid=8280239&jid=SOY&volumeId=28&issueId=02&aid=8280237&bodyId=&membershipNumber=&societyETOCSession=
The relevant section of Freeman’s paper is section IV. In my view, you can get a good grasp of Freeman’s arguments just by reading Wilkinson’s post.
I think Wilkinson’s criticism of Freeman is correct, but on the grounds that confirmation bias is the most powerful force in the universe, I thought it would be useful to pose the question to readers of this blog: is Wilkinson correct in his criticism of Freeman? I thought it was worth posting on this, because Freeman’s type of argument against a thick conception of economic liberty seems to me not uncommon, and like Wilkinson I remain puzzled by the argument.