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Category Archives: Psychology
Chuck Klosterman is the author of numerous books and essays on pop culture. In his bestselling Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs; A Low Culture Manifesto, he had an interlude piece titled “23 Questions I Ask Everybody I Meet In Order To … Continue reading
In the video we featured Friday, Harvard’s Jeffery Miron says that libertarians generally distrust government attempts to force people to be better. There are lots of reasons for that, for instance institutional problems of regulatory capture, classic rent-seeking, and many, many … Continue reading
Steven Pinker gets the RSA Animate treatment, and Harry Met Sally gets a reference.
Most people are forced to read Catcher in the Rye during awkward adolescent periods of rebellion. People either love it or hate it. Either you think Holden, with his existential angst, is a whiny bitch, or you understand the kind of dark … Continue reading
I’ve written before about my buddy Alex. He’s a war hero, a freedom fighter, and a Marine. He wrote me with some of his thoughts on the recent Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell repeal, and asked to share them with you. … Continue reading
Radical Claim 1: Retribution is not a legitimate justification for punishment. From a utilitarian perspective, retribution is, by definition, needlessly adding pain and suffering. There are legitimate justifications for punishment, such as maintaining a Benthamite “economy of threats,” which has … Continue reading
What do we know? What don’t we know? And what don’t we know we don’t know? In any venture, those are serious considerations, even if they are phrased in silly ways. There’s a common conceit, not just in Washington, but … Continue reading
Lately I’ve been thinking about the libertarian movement’s diversity. If it’s even meaningful to discuss a libertarian “movement,” because it’s such a huge tent, I can demarcate different strains of thought, and address some of the shortcomings and strengths of … Continue reading
What’s the motivating principle behind liberalism? Or conservatism? Libertarians can boil it down to ‘liberty’, and explain adherence to that principle in academic, empirical, philosophical, and practical terms. But as much as I talk about the problems with libs and … Continue reading