Michael Huemer writes that if seven friends at the bar decide by a vote of 6 to 1 that you should pay for everyone’s drinks, you are not obligated to pay despite the fact that you’ve been out voted. There is indeed a flavor of ad populum fallacy in arguments for democracy. A […]
Outside libertarian circles, many believe that communities may democratically choose virtually any political and economic system they wish. The imminent Scotland vote (see James Taylor’s recent post) suggests some general reflections on the the following issue: what kinds of secession choices may the inhabitants of a territory make? (Two caveats: First, I do not […]
Yesterday’s New York Times carried an Opinion by the Editorial Board which suggested ways in which the current and chronic shortage of kidneys available for transplantation could be alleviated without “resorting” to (certain types of) payment.
The terrible events in Iraq have revived calls for intervention even among those who opposed the 2003 war, and even among some with anti-interventionist sentiments generally. Here I simply wish to lay down, as briefly as a post allows, the status questions in the academic literature on humanitarian intervention and tentatively suggest how […]
Adam Gurri has raised a number of good points about Andrew’s post, and I want to offer some remarks of my own. Some of these are versions of points I raised in the comments on Andrew’s first post on this topic three years ago. I also draw on some material from my […]
It’s important to make sure that your empirical claims are correct–especially if you’re using them to make arguments that directly affect people’s lives. Last year the World Health Organization published a document entitled “Toward Self-Sufficiency in Safe Blood and Blood Products based on Voluntary Non-Remunerated Donation”, which argued that the UN states should, well, become […]