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The Stupid House = Nation Analogy Is Back

The argument seems to be this: “Your house has walls, doesn’t it? Well, then, you must on pain of consistency hold that it’s right to put a wall around the country. If you really believed in open borders, you’d have an open door policy and let anyone come into your house whenever they want.”Even self-described libertarian websites make arguments like this.Once again, a nation is not like a house.Let’s imagine it were. The analogy would prove too much. In my house, I’m free to...

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Events in San Diego

If you’re in or near San Diego, you might consider checking out the Center for Ethics, Economics, and Public Policy at the University of San Diego. I started the center a few years ago, and we regularly put on events that might be of interest to readers of this blog. This coming Spring semester, we’ll be hosting a conversation with GiveDirectly’s Paul Neihaus on cash transfers and his work on establishing a trial version of a universal basic income in rural Kenya (Wednesday,...

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Podcasts on *When All Else Fails*

Here are two podcasts with me on *When All Else Fails: The Ethics of Resistance to State Injustice*,  which is one of Stephen Carter’s favorite fifteen non-fiction books of 2018 in Bloomberg. Free Thoughts at Libertarianism.org with Trevor Burrus and Aaron Powell. Lions of Liberty. Published on: January 5, 2019January 5, 2019Author: Jason Brennan

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Race and the Contamination of Freedom

Race and the Contamination of Freedom I. Should libertarians be actively anti-racist? I think the answer is “yes.” II. Normally, when we think about anti-racism, we think of the political Left because progressives and modern liberals have adopted anti-racism as a central idea in their worldview. Conservatives today often gravitate toward a position of race neutrality. That means that anti-racism is often under played and sometimes absent beyond the Left. In some cases,...

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Anarchy in Manhattan

The Molinari Society will be holding its mostly-annual Eastern Symposium in conjunction with the Eastern Division of the American Philosophical Association in New York City, 7-10 January 2019. Here’s the schedule info: Molinari Society symposium: New Work in Libertarian and Anarchist Thought G5C. Tuesday, 8 January 2019, 9:00 a.m.-12:00 noon, Sheraton New York Times Square Hotel, 811 7th Ave. (at W. 53rd St.), New York NY, room TBA chair:      Roderick T. Long (Auburn University)...

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Anarchy in Manhattan

The Molinari Society will be holding its mostly-annual Eastern Symposium in conjunction with the Eastern Division of the American Philosophical Association in New York City, 7-10 January 2019. Here’s the schedule info: Molinari Society symposium: New Work in Libertarian and Anarchist Thought G5C. Tuesday, 8 January 2019, 9:00 a.m.-12:00 noon, Sheraton New York Times Square Hotel, 811 7th Ave. (at W. 53rd St.), New York NY, room TBA chair:      Roderick T. Long (Auburn University)...

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“Populism’s Dangerous Companions”

I have a new piece up at Cato Unbound, responding to Stephen Davies’ lead essay on ideological realignment, an essay that explicitly envisions a convergence between market liberalism and the cosmopolitan liberalism of a part of the left in a way that’s pretty congenial to the BHL way of thinking. Published on: December 14, 2018Author: Jacob T. Levy

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“Populism’s Dangerous Companions”

I have a new piece up at Cato Unbound, responding to Stephen Davies’ lead essay on ideological realignment, an essay that explicitly envisions a convergence between market liberalism and the cosmopolitan liberalism of a part of the left in a way that’s pretty congenial to the BHL way of thinking. Published on: December 14, 2018Author: Jacob T. Levy

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So dangerous!

The commonsense theory of self-defense that everyone understands and accepts: “You may use proportional force if it is necessary to stop an attacker from severely harming your or violating your rights.” Everyone: “That sounds legit.” Me: “Add this clause: Even if the attacker is a government agent.” Lots of people: “Whoa! Hold on, cowboy! You mean to say you can use violence whenever you feel like it? That anyone can just decide at will that something is unjust...

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So dangerous!

The commonsense theory of self-defense that everyone understands and accepts: “You may use proportional force if it is necessary to stop an attacker from severely harming your or violating your rights.” Everyone: “That sounds legit.” Me: “Add this clause: Even if the attacker is a government agent.” Lots of people: “Whoa! Hold on, cowboy! You mean to say you can use violence whenever you feel like it? That anyone can just decide at will that something is unjust...

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