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Bleeding Hearths Libertarians

On liberalism and democracy

I have a new podcast discussion with our friends at the Institute for Liberal Studies here. The new ILS podcast, “The curious task”, is hosted by Alex Aragona and its overall site is here; previous guests include Nigel Ashford and Peter Jaworski. Published on: August 21, 2019August 21, 2019Author: Jacob T. Levy

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On the Latest Brouhaha in Academic Philosophy

Daily Nous posted this badly written letter yesterday: http://dailynous.com/2019/08/06/recognizing-gender-critical-feminism-anti-trans-activism-guest-post/ It claims that Gender Critical Feminists aren’t engaging in scholarship when they…get this…publish papers or conduct interviews where they argue for GCF. Rather, they are really doing activism (which, presumably, means they are less protected by norms of academic freedom). But the authors don’t argue for this position, really....

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The One Adam Smith Nonproblem

I argue (with zero originality) that there is only one Adam Smith. This reprises arguments made by Dan Klein, James Otteson, Russ Roberts, Vernon Smith, and Bart Wilson, among others. But I have tried to make the argument in a way that is concise and accessible. Which means, of course, that I may just have it wrong. YOU decide! Published on: August 3, 2019August 3, 2019Author: Mike Munger

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Epistemic Liberalism and Open Borders

The following interview is republished from the blog at the Centre for the Study of Governance and Society at King’s College London, a leading research center examining how formal and informal rules of governance operate and evolve, and how these rules facilitate or imperil peaceful, prosperous and ecologically secure societies. Follow them on Twitter @csgskcl.  Adam Tebble is a Senior Lecturer in Political Theory at King’s College London. The following interview is based on his...

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Jonny Anomaly on Genetic Enhancement

Jonny Anomaly just wrote a book about genetic enhancement. Here’s a preview. Also, here is a blog post he wrote on the same topic.  It looks people are likely to create more gene edited babies going forward despite criticism of the practice. Meanwhile, the World Health Orginization chose a former FDA comissioner to co-chair an advisory committee addressing standards for the regulation of gene editing.  In light of this, Jonny’s helpful discussion of some of the challenges associated...

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The Dual Legacy of the Declaration of Independence

No one should raise the stars and stripes on the 4th. The proper flag to raise on the 4th of July is the black flag of anarchy. – Nick Manley The Fourth of July commemorates the anniversary of the American Declaration of Independence, a document which the anarchist must view with mixed emotions. The document’s stirring proclamation that “all men are created equal,” with inalienable rights to “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness” that no government is entitled to infringe;...

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Commercial Republicanism: A New Center-Right Governing Philosophy

Editor’s Note: The following essay is reprinted with permission from the Niskanen’s Center “Defending the Open Society” series. Read more here. You can read more from Robert S. Taylor on republican political theory in his new book,Exit Left: Markets and Mobility in Republican Thought. The 2016 elections transformed the Republican Party—and not for the better. A party that had been deeply committed since Goldwater and Reagan to the open society, limited government, and global...

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Economic Inequality: Three Takes

In June 1963, when Nathaniel Branden published a piece on “Inherited Wealth” in The Objectivist Newsletter, he was still the beloved disciple of Ayn Rand, who reprinted his piece in her 1966 collection Capitalism: The Unknown Ideal, and continued to include it in subsequent editions despite her break with Branden in 1968. As Rand famously did not allow opinions deviating even in the slightest from her own to appear in journals or books that she edited, we can assume Branden speaks...

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Randians vs. Stoics

Stoicism, particularly in its ethical and political aspects (a defense of individual self-mastery on the one hand and commercial society on the other – for the latter, see, e.g., Cicero’s De Officiis), has been enormously influential throughout western history. During the Roman period it took on something like the character of a mass religious movement; Stoics were also statistically overrepresented among assassins or attempted assassins of Roman emperors. (One third of all Roman...

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