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Comment on errors and problems with "Democracy in Chains: The deep history of the radical right's stealth plan for America" by Nancy MacLean.
book  review  history  libertarianism  confirmation-bias  racism 
october 2017 by tsuomela
Current Affairs | Culture & Politics
"Some people openly advocate elite rule. They are both evil and foolish."
democracy  history  philosophy  epistocracy  experts  populism  citizenship  libertarianism 
july 2017 by tsuomela
Evgeny Morozov attacks internet consensus single-handed | openDemocracy
"Instead of polemical cowboy columns, a systematic approach around key concepts and underlying traditions (such as libertarianism) could have a more devastating effect on the study of the internet and its political and social potential."
book  review  internet  criticism  technology-critique  libertarianism  systematic  rhetoric  style 
april 2013 by tsuomela
Coercion vs. Freedom: BHL vs. BRG (Happy 4th of July!) — Crooked Timber
"But getting into the empirical weeds like this gives the game away. Actually existing libertarianism is not a philosophy of ‘I wonder what will maximize freedom-as-non-coercion. It’s complicated, but whatever it is, I’ll do it.’ Libertarianism isn’t a philosophy that blows different directions in the shifting winds of the labor market – coming out against unions when they get bloated and corrupt and exclusive but turning against management and capital when they are, as they certainly may be, objectively greater threats to freedom than any actually existing labor union. Actually existing libertarianism is the philosophy of treating as axiomatic that maximizing contract/property rights is tantamount to maximizing freedom. But, even if this happens to be contingently correct, in some circumstances – even in many circumstances – treating contingent truths as axioms is very confused."
libertarianism  coercion  business  contracts  economics  freedom  mistakes 
july 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
Compassionate Conversatism § Unqualified Offerings
"There is no political dynamic that gets us from a rickety welfare state to a viable left-libertarian “voluntaryist” minarchism. A left-libertarian, post-state society where neighbor cares for neighbor and we crowd-source help for the needy by leveraging internet technology still appeals to me on a deep emotional level. But no American political movement with the energy and power to eliminate the existing social-welfare system will be animated by the impulses needed to make Voluntaryland work as desired."
libertarianism  american  politics  welfare  mutual-aid 
september 2011 by tsuomela
Contrary Brin: Libertarians and Conservatives must choose: Competitive Enterprise or Idolatry of Property
"Hence, at last, the supreme irony. Those who claim most-fervent dedication to the guiding principle of our Enlightenment: competition, reciprocal accountability and enterprise -- our neighbors who call themselves conservative or libertarian -- have been talked into conflating that principle with something entirely different. Idolatry of private wealth, sacred and limitless. A dogmatic-religious devotion that reaches its culmination in the hypnotic cantos of Ayn Rand."
conservatism  libertarianism  markets  economics  politics  democracy  science  competition  ideology  wealth  power  money 
september 2011 by tsuomela
Troubling News for Economic Libertarians, Death-Penalty Advocates, and Neo-Conservatives? Moral Judgments and the Dark Triad Personality Traits: A Correlational Study by Marcus Arvan :: SSRN
"This experiment examined correlations between ethical value judgments on a 17-item Moral Intuition Survey (MIS), and scores on the Short D3 “Dark Triad” Personality Inventory - a measure of three related “dark and socially destructive” personality traits: Machiavellianism, narcissism, and psychopathy. "
politics  ethics  morality  personality  libertarianism  conservatism 
august 2011 by tsuomela

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