Over at Café Hayek, Don Boudreaux has a nice post on a universal basic income. He says that he does “not believe that as a practical matter a UBI would make society freer or more prosperous.” However, he also writes, “I oppose any universal basic income . . . principally because I oppose the confiscation […]
Buckle up, folks, for a frightening fairy tale.
Once upon a time, Andy bought cheese from Bob. But then Andy decided he wanted instead to buy cheese from Charlie, a very poor person who lives overseas. (If you prefer, make the story that Andy specifically bought cheese from Charlie’s employer, […]
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 […]
Critics of effective altruism tend to focus their critiques against the seemingly utilitarian foundations of the movement. They ask, what about special obligations? Demandingness? Is this overly cosmopolitan? What about institutional/collective change? For example, Judith Lichtenberg recently published a critical discussion of effective altruism. She argues that effective altruism distorts human psychology, and is […]
I had occasion recently to read some of Akerlof and Shiller’s new book Phishing for Phools. I found it, to be perfectly blunt, infuriating. The book is paternalistic. It assumes that free markets reward cheaters. It equates marketing with fraud. It engages in a score of other offenses.
But the aspect of the book that inspired my most […]
Singer’s famous example is taken to establish that some acts of Samaritanism are morally required. He writes, “if it is in our power to prevent something very bad from happening, without sacrificing anything morally significant, we ought, morally, to do it.”
There are three ways to interpret this claim:
1) Strong Duties: There […]