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Why I don’t trust libertarians when it comes to policing and neither should you.

Why I don’t trust libertarians when it comes to policing and neither should you.

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I tend to take the stance that Libertarianism is like Leninism: a fascinating, internally consistent political theory with some good underlying points that, regrettably, makes prescriptions about how to run human society that can only work if we replace real messy human beings with frictionless spherical humanoids of uniform density (because it relies on simplifying […]

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Mercatus Institute Study Refutes Libertarian Conception of Freedom

The Mercatus Center, a libertarian think tank, produced a study today purporting to show that New York and California are the least-free places in the United States while New Hampshire and South Dakota are the freest: From Mercatus Institute Study Refutes Libertarian Conception of Freedom I’m waiting for headline “Mercatus relocates to South Dakota”. More […]

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The Limits of First Principles

You could have the government do nothing, which would mean there are no exclusive spectrum licenses and everything is wide open. Or you could have the government marketize everything, which would mean you auction everything off to exclusive owners. But either way, that would be a choice and in making the choice you’d be “managing” […]

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Dr. Paul: Not board-certified

Libertarian ideology rejects most of the modern regulatory systems that protect consumers, because everyone should be responsible for determining whether the hamburger contains E. coli on his own. But does that do-it-yourself dogma apply to the regulation of medicine, too? If you’re Dr. Rand Paul, practicing ophthalmologist, the answer is emphatically yes. From Dr. Paul: […]