We really could have been linking to everything that’s appeared on the new Niskanen Center’s blog in general lately, and in particular to the contributions from former BHL guest-blogger and original liberaltarian Will Wilkinson, and from Jerry Taylor.
But we really should link to Will’s latest, in which he foreshadows the Center’s forthcoming work on welfare policy with explicit connections to the work we’ve done at this blog, and the work many of us have done in various ways in our scholarly careers. He also discusses what it means to see the broad family of views characterized by BHL and by Niskanen as still libertarian views. (Our libertarianer-than-thou critics like to emphasize that Will has sometimes disavowed the word, but I think this piece should be treated as a fuller statement of his views than those comments.) In the process he adopts, via John Tomasi and Jason, the only phrase I find even uglier than “bleeding-heart libertarianism” for those views, but c’est la vie.
Disclaimer, I guess: like Matt and Kevin, I have signed on to the Niskanen Center in a formal capacity, though as yet it’s a matter of form not function, i.e. everyone is trying to figure out quite what our participation will mean. Anyone who knows how these things work will be unsurprised to hear that no money has changed hands, nor is there any expectation that any will. I don’t think there’s good reason to keep putting this disclaimer in for future BHL links to writings over there, but I thought I’d note it once. BHL is its own thing, the Niskanen Center is its own thing, but there are obvious affinities and some of us will be involved with both.