Think nothing can be done? Vote for Gary Johnson. Let’s work on getting moralistic and paternalistic laws off the books so that there is less policing in the first place. No, this isn’t easy, but changing federal law (POTUS doesn’t do this directly, but can have an affect) and having a SCOTUS that will […]
The Molinari Society will be holding its annual Symposium in conjunction with the Eastern Division of the American Philosophical Association at the Marriott Washington Wardman Park Hotel, 2660 Woodley Road NW, in Washington DC, January 6-9, 2016. Here’s the current schedule info:
Molinari Society symposium: Libertarianism and Welfare Rights
Friday, 8 […]
Years ago, Harry Frankfurt (of On Bullshit* fame) wrote a series of essays arguing that equality is of no intrinsic importance. What matters is that people have enough, not that they are equal. Egalitarianism is beside the point.
Princeton University Press has just released an mini-book, On Inequality, that updates and expands […]
I have a new policy study just out today from the Mercatus Center titled “Breaking Down the Barriers: Three Ways State and Local Governments Can Improve the Lives of the Poor.” The following provides a convenient summary of the argument:
Many discussions of poverty and inequality are bogged down in debates about […]
Some excerpts/summary from a paper of mine, forthcoming in a symposium on Cohen’s Why Not Socialism? Lots of typos, I’m sure.
In Why Not Socialism?, Cohen articulates a number of moral principles he believes socialism can realize but capitalism cannot. In previous work, I’ve argued he’s wrong about this–under both ideal and realistic circumstances, capitalism […]
One of the more common complaints about Piketty’s model of capital inequality in Capital in the 21st Century is that it does not properly account for diminishing returns to the accumulation of capital. Consider Larry Summers’s concern:
[Piketty’s narrative] presumes, first, that the return to capital diminishes slowly, if at all, as wealth is accumulated […]