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Moller Responds on Immigration

Part two of Dan Moller’s response to my analysis of Governing Least: Immigration I agree with Caplan that we should have high levels of immigration for both moral and self-interested reasons, and that a great deal of resistance to this traces back to confused zero-sum thinking about trade and jobs, or to xenophobia. The point where we may disagree is this: I don’t think libertarianism (or its core ideas and values) entails open borders. Reasonable people who take...

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Governing Least: Incorrectness on Political Correctness

When I saw Dan Moller’s chapter on “Dilemmas of Political Correctness,” I thought I knew what he was going to say.  I thought he was going to say something like, “We should all have good manners, but the demands of so-called ‘social justice’ are unreasonable and unfair.”  Indeed, I half-expected him to offer another imaginary speech echoing those in his first chapter.  Something along the lines of: Imagine calling a town hall meeting and delivering the following...

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Governing Least: A Litany of Insight

Dan Moller’s Governing Least is packed with random insights and philosophic wit.  Some highlights: Why so much political philosophy sounds desperate: Only those already unsympathetic to utilitarianism are likely to be swayed by Rawls’s brief observations. Those who begin their political philosophy by defending the morality of rights don’t so much preach to the choir as exorcize the elect. Why so much political philosophy sounds so blind: The reason France does not...

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Dan Moller’s Governing Least

Michael Huemer’s The Problem of Political Authority is definitely my favorite work of libertarian political philosophy.  Dan Moller’s new Governing Least, however, is definitely now my second-favorite work of libertarian political philosophy.  The two books have much in common: Both use common-sense ethics to argue for libertarian politics.  Both are calm, logical, and ever-mindful of potential criticisms.  Both strive to persuade reasonable people who don’t already...

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