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OCTOBER 22, 2013 by MAX BORDERS
Amia Srinivasan, an Oxford fellow in philosophy, has made it all the way to The New York Times Opinionator blog, where she not only erects a voodoo-doll version of philosopher Robert Nozick, but she fails to apply the logic of Rawls to what she considers impersonal "free markets." Srinivasan then offers Nozickians (read: libertarians) four questions she thinks are gotcha questions. I decided to take up her four-question challenge.
When will the critics read with both eyes open?
AUGUST 24, 2012 by SHELDON RICHMAN
When a fan of Bastiat's sees the broken-window fallacy in government "stimulus" spending, she is on the firmest of ground.
Who is the true liberal?
AUGUST 10, 2012 by SHELDON RICHMAN
If the alternative we face is between grappling with market forces and trusting a ruling elite, anyone concerned with autonomy and equality should choose the market.
Where Obama goes wrong.
JULY 24, 2012 by SANDY IKEDA
Who created the underlying order that politicians and bureaucrats want to control? The answer is--nobody.
Or anything else.
JULY 13, 2012 by SHELDON RICHMAN
Rationing suggests conscious decision-making. In a free market there is no consciousness overseeing the "distribution" of resources.
Rigging the policy debate.
JUNE 22, 2012 by SHELDON RICHMAN
The politicians and bureaucrats have made a royal mess of things--and genuine liberals are faulted for not being able to clean it up tidily with the wave of a hand.
True and false.
JUNE 15, 2012 by SHELDON RICHMAN
For Hayek the crucial difference is over whether societies (institutions) are largely spontaneous, emergent, and organic--or designed.
The overlooked source of liberation.
MAY 03, 2012 by STEVEN HORWITZ
Although it rarely gets the credit, capitalism liberated women from centuries of second-class citizenship.
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Hayek and Orwell.
SEPTEMBER 04, 2009 by SHELDON RICHMAN
I'm inclined to think of George Orwell and F. A. Hayek at the same time. Both showed great courage in writing the truth, undaunted by the consequences awaiting them. Both valued freedom, though they understood it differently.
Breaking the debate barrier.
AUGUST 14, 2009 by SHELDON RICHMAN
Discussing healthcare reform with an advocate of government control is frustrating. It almost feels as if one is speaking a foreign language -- and in a sense, the free-market proponent is speaking a foreign language. The meaning usually doesn't get through.
AUGUST 07, 2009 by SHELDON RICHMAN
Economics 101 tells us that to accomplish the administration's stated health care goals directly--more coverage at lower cost--the government would have to take a third step: rationing.
APRIL 21, 2009
"Once an activity has been socialized for a spell, nearly everyone will concede that that's the way it should be. Without socialized education, how would the poor get their schooling? " --Leonard Read