Category Archives: Libertarian Thought

A kind review of my book

From an Amazon reader, the second edition is much better than the first. It’s nearly three times as long (146 pages vs the original edition’s 54), and more importantly gets the ideas across better. And that’s important because this is … Continue reading

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Advertisement for Three Languages of Politics

Do you think it will get anyone interested in ordering it? I tend to doubt it, but I am pretty pessimistic about the book’s prospects in general. I’m proud of the book, but the most avid audience for political books … Continue reading

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Jonathan Haidt’s six-step program

for viewpoint diversity on campus. The steps include Look inside the mind. Learn a little bit of psychology to see the tricks the mind plays on us, making us all prone to be self-righteous, overconfident, and quick to demonize “the … Continue reading

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Political speech to close minds

Scott Alexander writes, if everything you’ve tried so far has failed, maybe you should try something different. Right now, the neutral gatekeeper institutions have tried being biased against conservatives. They’ve tried showing anti-conservative bias. They’ve tried ramping up the conservativism-related … Continue reading

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Provocative Sentences

From a commenter, The mistake libertarians tend to make is in thinking that the state is the enemy. Actually, the state may well be on the libertarian side – but the neighbors, not so much. The thing is, relatively libertarian … Continue reading

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Arguments for Liberty

That is the title of a new and recommended book. From my review: Arguments would make an excellent book of supplemental readings for a course in political philosophy. Such a course could use another supplement, consisting of readings of philosophers … Continue reading

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Adam Ozimek’s Doubts about Libertarianism

He writes, you can argue that places with big government are great for other reasons, and this draws people there despite the big government and not because of it. And I think there’s a lot of truth to this. But … Continue reading

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Re-reading Bobos in Paradise

On p. 47, there is this: For one reason or another the following people and institutions fall outside the ranks of Bobo respectability: Donald Trump, Pat Robertson, Louis Farrakhan, Bob Guccione, Wayne Newton, Nancy Reagan, Adnan Khashoggi, Jesse Helms, Jerry … Continue reading

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Seaweeding

Seasteading is a new book by Joe Quirk, with Patri Friedman. I cannot resist calling it quirky. If you are expecting the book to consist mostly of wacko libertarian ideas, you are wrong. It consists mostly of wacko environmentalist ideas. … Continue reading

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A Seasteading Skeptic

Reviewing a new book on seasteading by Patri Friedman and Joe Quirk, Shlomo Angel writes, there is also no particular urgency to settle the oceans, as plenty of land remains for building cities: They occupy only about 1% of the … Continue reading

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