The Princeton University Press blog wrote an independent post on my forthcoming book Against Democracy. They provide a brief overview of the three major types of democratic citizens I discuss, which I dub hobbits, hooligans, and vulcans. Check it out here.
Business Ethics Journal Review has just published a short Commentary I wrote on Brennan and Jaworski’s excellent Markets Without Limits. (This can be readily accessed here!) In brief, I argue that rather than offering a unified defence of their view that there are “no legitimate worries about what we buy, trade, and sell” Brennan and […]
I’m glad we are having this discussion about virtue and libertarianism. In general outline, I’m fine with the general thesis Sorens and Ruger propound that virtue and liberty are compatible and synergistic. But I don’t see how they can claim to know that the activities they say are incompatible with virtue or living a good […]
Zócalo Public Square has discussion today on democracies and the problem of demagogues. Here’s my piece. Excerpt:
In a well-functioning democracy, elites and the people keep each other in check. To some extent, the elites keep the people from implementing dumb policies, policies the people support only because they’re badly informed. To some extent, the people […]
I recently reviewed an excellent collection of papers on death and immortality (Michael Cholbi’s *Immortality and the Philosophy of Death*) for Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews. Nestled among the papers on deprivationism, Epicureanism, immortality, and the nature of harm was what looked like a very interesting paper linking Hayekian liberalism to the idea of death as […]
Stanford University press has published the 2nd Edition of Ilya Somin’s Democracy and Political Ignorance. The first edition was an excellent work, with a concise overview of the phenomenon, powerful rebuttals to various “wisdom of the crowd” theories, and a series of plausible proposals for how to reduce the damage political ignorance can do.