Category Archives: Jeffrey Friedman is provocative

Why people distrust government

Jeffrey Friedman’s answer: In principle, people might have responded to accumulating perceptions of government failure by dialing back their expectations of government performance. But in practice, this would have violated the tacit assumption that justifies government’s attempt to solve social … Continue reading

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Jeffrey Friedman’s best essay (so far)

One random excerpt: Citizen-technocracy is not only impossibly demanding; it is highly paradoxical. As a citizen-technocrat, I can participate in politics, whether by voting or through more persistent activism, only if I am first convinced that I know the truth … Continue reading

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Populism, progressivism, and the Trump phenomenon

Jeffrey Friedman writes, The Populists had inadvertently added, to the traditional democratic tenet that power should be in the hands of the people, the sociotropic tenet that the government should use this power to serve the people’s interests. These two … Continue reading

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Sociotropic voting

Jeffrey Friedman writes, The assumption of self-interest does make sense as a starting point in analyzing economic behavior, because in modern societies, people are taught that self-interest is acceptable in their employment, business, consumer, and financial affairs. But they’re taught … Continue reading

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