Political Theory


Milton Friedman’s Legacy

My interview on Fox Business while here in Berlin. (It’s a part of a whole program on Milton Friedman’s legacy.)

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“Progressivism”: Coercive and Meddlesome at its Core

David Bernstein on the rather, um, selective history of “Progressivism” given by the “Center for American Progress”: “Whitewashing Progressivism” One could add many, many sins to the account of so-called…

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David Boaz on Historical Blinders among Libertarians

Reason.com: “Up from Slavery: There’s no such thing as a golden age of lost liberty” I am particularly struck by libertarians and conservatives who celebrate the freedom of early America,…

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Why We Are Not Living in Western Civilization

Steve Davies in a lecture at the Mercatus Center

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Hayek

My appreciation of Hayek on the occasion of his 100th Birthday (May 8, 1999): “F. A. Hayek: Prophet of the Modern World” I recall being at a birthday party for…

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The Census as Super Lotto!!

Ten years ago I wrote for Slate the truth about what our federal census has become: “Census 2000: You May Already Be a Winner!” (Note: Some of the links —…

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The Big Debate on Liberty Continues

My latest contribution on Cato Unbound: “LIBERAL REPUBLICANISM, MOVING PICTURES, AND WHY FREEDOM ISN’T THE SAME AS GOODNESS” I deal with the illiberal theory of “republicanism” advanced by Prof. Philip…

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The Debate Begins — What the Heck Is Liberty?

Cato Unbound is hosting a debate that is going to start hotting up tomorrow. David Schmidtz and Jason Brennan started with an excerpt from their new book A Brief History…

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What Is Liberty?

My response (“Liberty is Liberty“) to the provocative essay (“Conceptions of Freedom“) by David Schmidtz and Jason Brennan is now online. I’m mostly through their very interesting (not in the…

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A Discussion of Liberty, “Negative” and “Positive”

The new Cato Unbound is focused on the nature of liberty. The lead essay (“The Big Myth About Liberty“) by David Schmidtz and Jason Brennan is quite provocative. My response…

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