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All the President’s Crackpots | The Nation
"Richard A. Epstein’s crank theories about the coronavirus are influential thanks to a powerful network of right-wing legal activists."
covid19  libertarian  law  economics 
7 days ago by tsuomela
Even the intellectual left is drawn to conspiracy theories about the right. Resist them. - Vox
comment on the book Democracy in Chains, by Nancy MacLean, which is about James Buchanan and public choice economics.
book  review  economics  history  libertarian  public-choice  conspiracy 
july 2017 by tsuomela
The PC Debate, Sullied | Chris Lehmann
Responding to Charles Murray Middlebury protest and the reaction of Andrew Sullivan in NYMag.
political-correctness  intersectionality  race  theory  libertarian  critique 
march 2017 by tsuomela
Judge Janice Rogers Brown wants to return to the libertarian legal notions of the 1930s. - Slate Magazine
At the risk of saying it again, whatever the Supreme Court’s decision regarding Obamacare in June, the net effect of the case has been to illustrate how dramatically the nation’s federal courts have shifted to the right. This shift isn’t evident only in terms of the judiciary’s willingness to embrace long-dormant libertarian ideas, but also in its willingness to wholeheartedly adopt the political language and tone in which these ideas are packaged. Liberals who don’t think of the courts as a political issue should read Judge Brown’s concurrence closely, not merely as an example of the ways partisan politics are bleeding into the federal courts, but as a warning about how radically the federal courts are poised to reshape our politics.    
law  legal  supreme-court  libertarian  conservative  republican  judicial 
april 2012 by tsuomela
Noahpinion: The liberty of local bullies
I have often remarked in the past how libertarianism - at least, its modern American manifestation - is not really about increasing liberty or freedom as an average person would define those terms. An ideal libertarian society would leave the vast majority of people feeling profoundly constrained in many ways. This is because the freedom of the individual can be curtailed not only by the government, but by a large variety of intermediate powers like work bosses, neighborhood associations, self-organized ethnic movements, organized religions, tough violent men, or social conventions. In a society such as ours, where the government maintains a nominal monopoly on the use of physical violence, there is plenty of room for people to be oppressed by such intermediate powers, whom I call "local bullies."
libertarianism  libertarian  ideology  power  control  oppression  freedom 
december 2011 by tsuomela
Contrary Brin: "Class War" and the Lessons of History
"But in fact, "class war" has always been with us. If you ever actually sit down to read what people wrote in times past - for example Adam Smith in Wealth of Nations, or even the Bible - then you know struggle and resentment between social castes was the normal state of human affairs for 6000 years, or much longer. "
politics  class-war  class  history  economics  libertarian  american 
september 2011 by tsuomela
U.S. Intellectual History: Liberty and Order: Or, the Perplexities of American Conservatism
"This liberty-order distinction is instructive, but it got me thinking: it’s simply incorrect to imply that American conservatism tilts unequivocally in “live free or die” directions. Here I would call attention to David Sehat’s book, The Myth of American Religious Freedom, about the rise and fall of the American Protestant moral establishment. Sehat points out that, insofar as the Christian Right has mobilized since the 1960s to reassert a moral establishment in the midst of an increasingly secular and individualistic public sphere, it is hardly libertarian. "
tea-party  conservatism  libertarian  history  political-science  freedom  taxes  tax-cuts  ideology 
april 2011 by tsuomela
Overkill: The Rise of Paramilitary Police Raids in America | Radley Balko | Cato Institute: White Paper
Americans have long maintained that a man's home is his castle and that he has the right to defend it from unlawful intruders. Unfortunately, that right may be disappearing. Over the last 25 years, America has seen a disturbing militarization of its civilian law enforcement, along with a dramatic and unsettling rise in the use of paramilitary police units (most commonly called Special Weapons and Tactics, or SWAT) for routine police work. The most common use of SWAT teams today is to serve narcotics warrants, usually with forced, unannounced entry into the home.
crime  justice  law  america  civil-liberties  freedom  libertarian  privacy  police  militarization  paramilitary 
july 2010 by tsuomela
Cause and Effect in Fusionism | Bottom-up
So after a half-century of fusionism, conservatives and libertarians are used to taking each others’ arguments seriously especially on “economic issues. In contrast, a half-century of thinking of each other as being on opposite ends of the political spectrum has accustomed liberals and libertarians to dismissing each others arguments out of hand, even on “social issues.” But that asymmetry is largely a result of the fusionist alliance, it’s not a deep fact about political philosophy. And although path-dependency is a powerful force, there’s no reason it needs to be a permanent feature of the American political landscape.
liberal  libertarian  politics  rhetoric  institutions  path-dependency 
july 2010 by tsuomela
The Great "Whither Libertarians" Debate | Politics | The American Scene
If what libertarians are interested in doing is shifting the national conversation, they could do the most good by organizing people who are not culturally liberal but who value freedom into opposition to military spending and the cult of national security. If Brink Lindsey and, say, Andrew Bacevich got together to say: listen: moving the national conversation on the security state security and our military posture matters more to freedom today than keeping taxes low, and matters more to each of us than stuff we disagree on like immigration and gay marriage – that would get noticed.
politics  military-indusrial-complex  libertarian  freedom  free-markets  ideology  priorities  civil-liberties 
july 2010 by tsuomela
After the dead horses — Crooked Timber
We’ve had a fair bit of fun here lately, pointing out the silliness of those who are supposed to be the intellectual leaders of the right, in its libertarian, neoconservative and Republican tribalist versions. But, as quite a few commenters have pointed out (one using the same, maybe Oz-specific, phrase that occurred to me) the exercise does seem to savor a bit of flogging dead horses.

It seems to me necessary to go beyond this, which was one reason for my post on hope the other day. To make progress, we need to reassess where we stand and then think about where to go next. T
conservatism  politics  philosophy  libertarian  ideas  future  hope 
april 2010 by tsuomela
Rand, Rush, and Rock
The following article appeared in the Fall 2002 issue of The Journal of Ayn Rand Studies (Volume 4, Number 1): 161-85. A symposium on this article ("Ayn Rand and Progressive Rock") is featured in the Fall 2003 issue of JARS, which includes Sciabarra's rejoinder: "Rand, Rock, and Radicalism."
music  philosophy  politics  libertarian  about(AynRand) 
april 2010 by tsuomela
Up from Slavery - Reason Magazine
Debunking the crypto-nostalgia of some libertarians for the "golden age" of freedom in 19c America.
libertarian  politics  history  america  power  ideology  slavery  nostalgia  19c  race 
april 2010 by tsuomela
Five Reasons Why Libertarians Shouldn't Hate Government - Reason Magazine
“I don’t want to make government work better, I want it to go away" is the typical response. Government, in their view, is the enemy.

This way of thinking is deeply misguided, a troubling blind spot that keeps libertarians on the fringe of many policy debates. If you reflect only scorn for government, it’s hard to get anyone who hasn’t already drunk the Kool-Aid to take your opinions on the topic seriously.
libertarian  government  reform 
february 2010 by tsuomela
Who Is IOZ?: Renouncing Libertarianism Is Cuter than Kittens Riding on Puppies In Wagons Pulled by Miniature Ponies
Libertarianism is the plaything of cossetted white Americans. That is a fact. In its relentless insistence on state-supremacy, it commits precisely the sin that Kerry identifies: it reifies that which it claims to seek to undermine. It is narrow and parochial, American. What has libertarianism got to say about life within failed states, or clerical democracies, or about Japan, or China, or Myanmar, or Nepal, or occupied Palestine, or Israel, or South Africa? What has it got to say about the construction of community, the nature of cooperative endeavor in the absence of coercion? Most libertarians aren't even willing to accept that property, their central fetish, is itself a cultural artifact, not a constant of nature.
libertarian  ideology  free-markets  freedom  politics 
october 2009 by tsuomela
Comment, July 1961 - Gore Vidal on Why Ayn Rand Sucks and Literary Criticism - Esquire
Ayn Rand’s “philosophy” is nearly perfect in its immorality, which makes the size of her audience all the more ominous and symptomatic as we enter a curious new phase in our society.
about(AynRand)  philosophy  morality  ethics  1960s  free-markets  libertarian 
october 2009 by tsuomela
Positive Liberty » More on Howley on Libertarianism
Yes, culture can be oppressive. So can one’s parents. But the stories of young Chinese women Howley begins her essay with are, if anything, evidence of how just a little economic freedom and prosperity can undermine even the most entrenched cultures and traditions. It takes only one enlightened employer to defy convention and hire that black man just as it took only one white homeowner to block-bust segregated neighborhoods in the 1960s. Whatever social stigmatization they might suffer as a result, the situation is significantly different from one in which the very power of the state stands in the way of such change.
libertarian  culture  freedom 
october 2009 by tsuomela
Libertarianism as a Liberal Project « Bottom-up
Broadening libertarianism beyond fear of government infringement on liberty.
libertarian  liberal  government  freedom 
october 2009 by tsuomela
Wealthcare | The New Republic
by Johnathan Chait.
Review of Goddess of the Market: Ayn Rand and the American Right By Jennifer Burns
Ayn Rand and the World She Made By Anne C. Heller
economics  politics  philosophy  culture  ethics  books  conservatism  morality  wealth  libertarian  review  about(AynRand) 
september 2009 by tsuomela
Economic View - ‘Too Big to Fail’ Is Dangerous, in Finance and Health Care -
by Tyler Cowen. A good argument against too much political influence in banking and health care being bad for both.
politics  economics  favoritism  corporatism  markets  discipline  free-markets  libertarian 
september 2009 by tsuomela
Matthew Yglesias » Libertarianism in Suburbia
The point is not about whether policy favors “suburbs” or “cities” but about the fact that the actually existing built environment in the United States—and especially those aspects of it constructed over the past thirty years—overwhelmingly reflect the influence of central planning.
suburbia  urban  design  government  regulation  libertarian 
september 2009 by tsuomela
The Paradox of Libertarianism - The Daily Dish | By Andrew Sullivan
I’ll call the first “liberty-as-goal” libertarianism and the second “liberty-as-means” libertarianism. Obviously, one can hold both of these beliefs simultaneously, and many people do. But in my observation, when pushed to develop a position on some difficult issue, most self-described libertarians reveal a temperament that leans strongly in one direction or the other.
libertarian  philosophy  politics  goals  means 
september 2009 by tsuomela
Eeyore and the Unintended Consequence « Easily Distracted
..loosely libertarian (e.g., McArdle/Brooksian surface-level libertarianism used mostly to defend fixed programmatic commitments) fears of the unintended consequences of action by the state are empirically and philosophically messed up. They’re not really based on a comprehensive history of the consequences of state action, and they’re not really based on any kind of consistent view of structure-agency interaction.
libertarian  free-markets  ideology  consequences  unintended  silppery-slope  false  arguments  style  government 
august 2009 by tsuomela
Overcoming Bias : Missing Liberaltarians
Tyler Cowen's insight that ideology is mainly about who gets respect suggests an answer to me: libertarian heroes are more like conservative than liberal heroes.
liberal  libertarian  politics  philosophy 
may 2009 by tsuomela
Interfluidity :: Contracts are not bilateral
Binding contracts involve an implicit third party, the state which (through its courts system) stands ready to enforce the terms of private arrangements. The state is not, and cannot be totally neutral in its role as contract enforcer: Communication between contracting parties is always imperfect
economics  contracts  law  enforcement  capitalism  markets  financial-engineering  derivatives  libertarian 
april 2009 by tsuomela
Mozart Was a Red by Murray N. Rothbard
"Mozart Was a Red" is, to my knowledge, Murray N. Rothbard's one and only play. It is a form unusual for him, but one well suited to its subject: the cult that grew up around the novelist Ayn Rand and flourished in the 60s and early 70s. For the principal figures of Rand's short-lived "Objectivist" movement were indeed like characters out of some theatrical farce.
theater  play  libertarian  humor  satire  about(AynRand) 
march 2009 by tsuomela
Why The Stimulus Package Isn't For Startups: The Gov't Doesn't Want Creative Destruction | Techdirt
Another example of the libertarian/technology nexus knocking the role of government. Government money goes to incumbents and therefore creates non-revolutionary jobs. Plus some added wild hypotheticals.
politics  economics  stimulus  job  libertarian  government  hypothetical 
march 2009 by tsuomela
Floating Utopias -- In These Times
The libertarian seasteaders are heirs to this visionary tradition but degrade it with their class politics. They almost make one nostalgic for more grandiose enemy dreams. The uncompromising monoliths of fascist and Stalinist architecture expressed their
politics  libertarian  social 
october 2007 by tsuomela

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