Category Archives: Analyzing Libertarianism

Perverse Incentives for Perverse Individuals

Some time back I had a discussion with a colleague that has stuck in my head. Nominally we were talking about the propriety of “sweatshop” factory labor in the third world. I argued that it was better than the alternative, … Continue reading

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Who Likes Charter Schools?

Liberals tend to oppose charter schools. Liberals also tend to claim they care about minorities. But check out this video about New York Mayor Bill de Blasio’s efforts to block charter schools, and take a close look at the faces … Continue reading

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I’m a Scum-sucking Piece of Shit

I just got a deligtful email from a David Patrick at davidp070@yahoo.com. Here’s the entire text of the email. I just read your discussion of “Fuck You, I Got Mine” Libertarianism What a lying, unintelligent scum-sucking piece of shit you … Continue reading

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Matt Zwolinski on Libertarianism

Matt Zwolinski makes an eloquent case for libertarianism from a non-Nozickean perspective. I emphatically agree (although I think his section on coercion does not effectively address liberals’ fundamental belief that the state is a different kind of beast, and hence … Continue reading

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School Lunches Made Me a Libertarian

Not really. I never ate cafeteria lunches. My mom wouldn’t waste money on such frivolities when I could pack my own lunch. Which was better than having her pack it for me, since her idea of a ham sandwich was … Continue reading

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IDEALog Comparison, or Libertarianism != Extremism

I guest posted this at the League of Ordinary Gentlemen. Much debate ensued, a very little of it even managing to be about the topic of the post. Thanks to all who took the time to take the IDEALog survey … Continue reading

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Help a Friend, Take a Quiz?

Following up on my post about “the real libertarian,” I asked folks over at the League of Ordinary Gentlemen to provide me with some data. If you don’t read the League, so haven’t seen this request, I’m repeating it here. … Continue reading

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Who’s the Libertarian?

Sometimes a picture is worth more than 1,000 words. I’m sure most of you are familiar with the diagram that comes with the (in)famous “world’s smallest political quiz” that is so beloved by libertarians. Forget the quiz for a moment … Continue reading

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Responding to a Bad Thought Experiment, or What’s Wrong with Criticisms of Libertarianism

A very long response to a typically inaccurate liberal critique of libertarianism. Libertarians come in many flavors, but I think most of them would agree that in an ideal world, the government would be very small and have limited powers … Continue reading

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Is This a Real “No True Scotsman” Example?

Looking up information on the privatization of the Indiana toll road, I found this interesting nugget of information on Wikipedia. The Libertarian Party of La Porte County, opposed Major Moves quite vocally, proclaiming that “Pirates [have] return[ed] to the shores … Continue reading

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