Jacob T. Levy – Bleeding Heart Libertarians http://bleedingheartlibertarians.com Free Markets and Social Justice Wed, 15 Nov 2017 17:16:21 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.8.3 http://bleedingheartlibertarians.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/cropped-site-icon-BHL-32x32.png Jacob T. Levy – Bleeding Heart Libertarians http://bleedingheartlibertarians.com 32 32 22756168 Black Liberty Matters http://bleedingheartlibertarians.com/2017/09/black-liberty-matters/ http://bleedingheartlibertarians.com/2017/09/black-liberty-matters/#comments Thu, 21 Sep 2017 11:37:34 +0000 http://bleedingheartlibertarians.com/?p=12037 My new essay at Niskanen continues a lot of my longstanding themes from BHL posts.

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My new essay at Niskanen continues a lot of my longstanding themes from BHL posts.

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A few links http://bleedingheartlibertarians.com/2017/08/a-few-links/ http://bleedingheartlibertarians.com/2017/08/a-few-links/#comments Tue, 22 Aug 2017 18:00:16 +0000 http://bleedingheartlibertarians.com/?p=12007 John Holbo at Crooked Timber on Rationalism, Pluralism, and Freedom: “Thinking About Groups” Eric Schliesser on Rationalism, Pluralism, and Freedom: “On the role of Systematicity in an Impure Theory of...

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John Holbo at Crooked Timber on Rationalism, Pluralism, and Freedom: “Thinking About Groups”

Eric Schliesser on Rationalism, Pluralism, and Freedom: “On the role of Systematicity in an Impure Theory of a (Pluralistic) Liberalism worth Having” (try saying that three times fast).

Posts on freedom of speech on campus from Joseph Heath and Andrew Potter, both making some use of this old BHL post of mine. See also Sigal Ben-Porath’s excellent new book Free Speech on Campus

The European Journal of Political Theory is promoting my “Contra Politanism” by making it available ungated and free for three months.

The Economist, “The misplaced arguments against Black Lives Matter”

John Quiggin at Crooked Timber, “What’s Left of Libertarianism” on liberaltarianism. He mentions Niskanen but I think BHL is obviously part of the shift he’s describing. I obviously think that the BHL/ Niskanen direction is the right one, and I’m happy to see its distinctiveness noted. And in addition to my general criticisms of right-fusionism I’ve been critical of something like what he refers to as “propertarianism.” That said, I want to concur-in-part, dissent-in-part, because think he’s genuinely unfair to Cato in particular, which is more liberal and more diverse than he recognizes. I’m happily affiliated with both Niskanen and Cato, and while I do a lot more at Niskanen, Cato invited me to speak at its 40th anniversary conference and gave me a chance to talk about some of my running themes: the need to break market liberal politics away from association with white supremacy and nationalism, the particular priority of making progress against the police-and-prison complex of mass incarceration, the sense of market liberalism as being allied with the institutions of constitutional democracy and open global trade, not a “smash everything” anti-institutionalism that easily morphs into nasty kinds of populism.

On the couple of issues where Niskanen and Cato genuinely differ not just on emphasis, tactics, or presentation but on real substance– crucially, climate change and progressive redistribution/ fiscal policy– I’m with Niskanen. And I think those are genuinely important differences. But Niskanen can emphasize those issues partly because the much larger Cato is still out there advancing market-liberal and classical liberal arguments across so much of the policy landscape, from privacy and civil liberties to free trade to immigration and refugees. David Boaz, Cato’s Vice-President and longest-standing public voice, has been a forceful opponent of the racism and nationalism on the right for a very long time, and wasn’t at all shy about naming Trump’s association with it: “Not since George Wallace has there been a presidential candidate who made racial and religious scapegoating so central to his campaign.” Tom Palmer has been documenting and criticizing the “fever swamp” where paleolibertarianism melds with populism, Russophilia, and racism not only since before Trump but since before BHL was a glimmer in Matt Zwolinski’s eye. Yes, I very much want to see Niskanen’s project of taking libertarian ideas in the direction Quiggin notes succeed; but the point of that is not at all to become a rhetorical club with which to whack Cato.

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Contra politanism, Against solidarity, and other things http://bleedingheartlibertarians.com/2017/07/contra-politanism-solidarity-things/ http://bleedingheartlibertarians.com/2017/07/contra-politanism-solidarity-things/#comments Mon, 03 Jul 2017 15:31:45 +0000 http://bleedingheartlibertarians.com/?p=11911 Two of the major pieces of my new “Justice in Babylon” research project are now available. (Both links gated, I’m afraid.) “Contra politanism”, European Journal of Political Theory. “Against solidarity:...

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Two of the major pieces of my new “Justice in Babylon” research project are now available. (Both links gated, I’m afraid.)

“Contra politanism”, European Journal of Political Theory.

“Against solidarity: Democracy without fraternity,” in Keith Banting and Will Kymlicka, eds., The Strains of Commitment: The Political Sources of Solidarity in Diverse Societies, Oxford, 2017

(See also There is no such thing as ideal theory, Social Philosophy and Policy, which is also a part of this project.)

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Some other promotional links while I’m at it.

The $30 paperback edition of Rationalism, Pluralism, and Freedom is coming out on July 13. To refresh your memory, the BHL symposium on the book can be found here, the Online Library of Liberty symposium here, and reviews are gathered here.

I’ve had a few opportunities to discuss the current crisis recently.

“Is Liberalism In Danger?”, a “Free Thoughts” podcast interview in Cato’s Libertarianism.org “Free Thoughts” series with Aaron Powell and Trevor Burrus.

“Brexit, Trump, and the Rise of Radical Right Populism in the West: Is Democracy Threatened?” Plenary roundtable at the annual meeting of the Canadian Political Science Association, chaired by Dietlind Stolle, with Sheri Berman, Mark Blyth, Christopher Parker, and me.

The Intellectual Climate For Liberty, a roundtable at the 40th anniversary of the Cato Institute, chaired by David Boaz, with Emily Ekins, Charles Murray, and me.

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The sovereign myth http://bleedingheartlibertarians.com/2017/06/the-sovereign-myth/ http://bleedingheartlibertarians.com/2017/06/the-sovereign-myth/#comments Fri, 16 Jun 2017 17:26:21 +0000 http://bleedingheartlibertarians.com/?p=11864 New at Niskanen.

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New at Niskanen.

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The shortcut to serfdom http://bleedingheartlibertarians.com/2017/05/the-shortcut-to-serfdom/ http://bleedingheartlibertarians.com/2017/05/the-shortcut-to-serfdom/#comments Tue, 16 May 2017 20:06:46 +0000 http://bleedingheartlibertarians.com/?p=11799 My new Niskanen Center essay is now online.

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My new Niskanen Center essay is now online.

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A government of laws, not son-in-laws http://bleedingheartlibertarians.com/2017/04/government-laws-not-son-laws/ http://bleedingheartlibertarians.com/2017/04/government-laws-not-son-laws/#comments Fri, 21 Apr 2017 14:39:42 +0000 http://bleedingheartlibertarians.com/?p=11749 My new piece at Niskanen is up. (Yes. I know. But it sounds better that way.)

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My new piece at Niskanen is up.

(Yes. I know. But it sounds better that way.)

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Liberal federalism is both political and jurisdictional http://bleedingheartlibertarians.com/2017/02/liberal-federalism-political-jurisdictional/ Wed, 22 Feb 2017 16:59:55 +0000 http://bleedingheartlibertarians.com/?p=11627 Or so I argue in my new post at Niskanen.

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Or so I argue in my new post at Niskanen.

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Hypocrisy and shamelessness http://bleedingheartlibertarians.com/2017/02/hypocrisy-and-shamelessness/ http://bleedingheartlibertarians.com/2017/02/hypocrisy-and-shamelessness/#comments Wed, 08 Feb 2017 13:17:30 +0000 http://bleedingheartlibertarians.com/?p=11578 A recurring argument here and in our circles on Facebook has concerned how much to make of Democratic hypocrisy on limits of power in the course of allying against the...

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A recurring argument here and in our circles on Facebook has concerned how much to make of Democratic hypocrisy on limits of power in the course of allying against the Trump administration. In this morning’s LA Times I make the case that hypocrisy is far from the greatest worry about political morality, and that there’s something to be welcomed in the out-party’s usual rediscovery of liberal norms. The bigger concern is the rejection of norms altogether.

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The Free Society Is An Open Society http://bleedingheartlibertarians.com/2017/01/free-society-open-society/ http://bleedingheartlibertarians.com/2017/01/free-society-open-society/#comments Tue, 31 Jan 2017 20:01:15 +0000 http://bleedingheartlibertarians.com/?p=11568 My new essay at Niskanen.

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My new essay at Niskanen.

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Around and about http://bleedingheartlibertarians.com/2017/01/around-and-about/ http://bleedingheartlibertarians.com/2017/01/around-and-about/#comments Wed, 18 Jan 2017 19:28:13 +0000 http://bleedingheartlibertarians.com/?p=11522 Essays of interest elsewhere by BHLers and friends: Brink Lindsey at Vox, “Liberals and Libertarians Should Unite To Block Trump’s Extremism” Gerald Gaus at The Critique: “The Open Society And...

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Essays of interest elsewhere by BHLers and friends:

Brink Lindsey at Vox, “Liberals and Libertarians Should Unite To Block Trump’s Extremism”
Gerald Gaus at The Critique: “The Open Society And Its Friends”
Kevin Vallier at Niskanen, “Liberalism and Religious Liberty In the Trump Era”
Ryan Muldoon at Niskanen, “Diversity And Disagreement Are The Solution, Not the problem”
Matthew La Corte at Niskanen, “More Important Than Ever: Defending Immigrants and Refugees During the Trump Presidency”
Me at Niskanen, “The Party Declines”

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