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Long-Run Health Care Cost Drivers
On health care issues, you see, economists divide into two subtribes depending on whether they think the big problem with America's health system today is adverse selection or moral hazard--two terms from the insurance industry.

Those economists on the left tend to think that the real big problem with American health care is adverse selection: Those who know they are healthy and likely to stay that way skimp on purchasing insurance. Insurance companies work like dogs to avoid selling insurance to people who are expensively sick or likely to get expensively sick. As a result, a huge amount of people's work-time and information technology processing power are wasted on the negative-sum game of trying to pass the hot potato of paying for the care of the sick to somebody else. The more people separate themselves or are separated into smaller and smaller pools with calculably different exposures to risk, the worse this problem gets. The way to solve it is to shove people into pools as big as possible. Ultimately, this line of thought goes, single-payer national health insurance is the best option, for the administrative and bureaucratic inefficiencies introduced are vastly outweighed by the reduction in the gaming the system that goes on under our current plan where profits are made by those insurance companies that are best able to avoid covering the sick.

Those economists on the right tend to think that the real big problem with American health care is moral hazard: that patients soak up scarce and valuable doctor and nurse time even when there is no benefit to the visit, and that doctors use up vast resources conducting tests and procedures that do patients very little good. And, this side argues, patients do this because their copays don't penalize them enough for wasting health professionals' time and doctors do this because their bottom lines don't suffer when they carry out barely effective, expensive, and inappropriate procedures. Sometimes economists on this side say these market failures are all the government's fault: the subsidy the government provides for low-deductible and first-dollar insurance. Sometimes economists on this side say that these market failures arise because of human irrationality: we half-intelligent jumped-up East African Plains Apes have a psychological propensity to overvalue certainty and thus to pay much more for first-dollar and low-deductible health insurance than we should.
healthcare  costs  libertarianism  foundational  DeLong 
6 weeks ago by HispanicPundit
What I Told the Liberaltarians - Econlib
There are two health policies that liberals and libertarians would both prefer to the status quo.  The first is a free market plus redistribution for the poor.  The second is bare bones, high-deductible national health care, with a free market for all add-ons.

The reason neither are likely to happen is mistrust.  Liberals think that if they sign on for the free market plus redistribution, the redistribution won’t actually happen.  Libertarians think that if they sign on for bare bones national health care, the cost will quickly increase.
healthcare  libertarianism  Liberalism  fundamentals  foundational 
6 weeks ago by HispanicPundit
Ep. 1089 Noam Chomsky: The Good and the Bad | Tom Woods
On Chomskys libertarian leanings and his concept of the new mandarins.
Chomsky  epstein  Woods  podcasts  vietnam  libertarianism  Academia 
april 2018 by HispanicPundit
Beach Critiques The Case Against Education, Bryan Caplan | EconLog | Library of Economics and Liberty
Finally, you need to look at other countries for empirical examples.  Is there a county that represents some/all of your ideal?  Specifically, you need to research South Korea and read Seth's book Education Fever.  South Korea has had a largely privatized education market, but you will find that it is the most over-credentialed country on the planet, with not only massive degree inflation that is out of step with the labor market, but the process of schooling (both public and private) is a heavy burden on kids from K-college.  I lived and taught in Korea for a year, did some research, and was horrified by what I saw.  South Korea is perhaps an extreme outlier, but it proves that lack of state sponsored public schooling will not necessarily reduce signaling/credentalism because of the deeper, institutional importance of education and schooling for South Korean society.
signaling  libertarianism  University  Costs  Caplan 
february 2018 by HispanicPundit
Libertarianism's Time Has Come and Gone - Bloomberg View
With multiple levels of power -- what I once called local bullies -- the neat and tidy universe of classic libertarianism breaks down. What if the government can intervene and stop a local bully from bullying? Would that make people more free, or less? This clearly came up in the civil-rights struggle, where government forced businesses to cater to and to hire people of any race. Though a few libertarians decried the move, the vast majority of society believed that government enforcement of civil rights was leading to more individual freedom, not less.
libertarianism  bloomberg 
october 2016 by HispanicPundit
The Welfare State and Taxes Are Bad, Mmkay, Bryan Caplan | EconLog | Library of Economics and Liberty
1. I turned my recent "Libertarianism Against the Welfare State: A Refresher" into a talk for the Cato Institute's spring interns.  Here are the slides.
welfare  libertarianism  caplan 
september 2016 by HispanicPundit
Paul Krugman on Gary Johnson, libertarianism, and pollution - Marginal REVOLUTION
That is the opposite of the correct criticism.  The main problem with classical libertarianism is that it doesn’t allow enough pollution.  Under libertarian theory, pollution is a form of violent aggression that should be banned, as Murray Rothbard insisted numerous times.  OK, but what about actual practice, once all those special interest groups start having their say?  Historically, under the more limited government of the 19th century, it was big business that wanted to move away from unpredictable local and litigation-driven methods of control, and toward a more systematic regulatory approach at the national level.  There is a significant literature on this development, starting with Morton Horwitz’s The Transformation of American Common Law.
libertarianism  environmentalism  cowen 
september 2016 by HispanicPundit
A Eugenic Experiment, Bryan Caplan | EconLog | Library of Economics and Liberty
Regardless of your political standpoint, you probably think the libertarian advocate of Open Breeding has right on his side. Suppose then you were transported to Eugenic America. How would you rebut your side's stereotypical objections to free reproduction? How convincing would you be? If your honest answer is, "Not very," what does that tell you about your compatriots?
libertarianism  immigration  caplan  rights  moralissues 
june 2014 by HispanicPundit
Libertarianism as Moral Overlearning, Bryan Caplan | EconLog | Library of Economics and Liberty
My claim: The fundamental difference between libertarians and non-libertarians is that libertarians have overlearned common-sense morality. Non-libertarians only reliably apply basic morality when society encourages them to do so. Libertarians, in contrast, deeply internalize basic morality. As a result, they apply it automatically in the absence of social pressure - and even when society discourages common decency.
fundamentals  caplan  libertarianism  sidebar  moralissues 
august 2013 by HispanicPundit
Immigration: An Appeal to the Concerned Friends of Don Boudreaux, Bryan Caplan | EconLog | Library of Economics and Liberty
2. Restricting immigration is not a small restriction on freedom. It deprives hundreds of millions of desperate people of the basic right to sell their labor to willing employers, causing massive global poverty. Hard truth: immigration restrictions are genuinely more oppressive than the infamous Jim Crow laws.
history  caplan  libertarianism  immigration  sidebar  racism 
july 2013 by HispanicPundit
The Problem of Political Authority: Huemer Replies to Your Question, Bryan Caplan | EconLog | Library of Economics and Liberty
Instead of writing a guest post, Mike Huemer ended up just replying to your questions in the comments. His main reply is here, but don't miss the back-and-forth.
books  caplan  debates  huemer  libertarianism  philosophy  sidebar 
february 2013 by HispanicPundit
The Problem of Political Authority by Michael Huemer, Bryan Caplan | EconLog | Library of Economics and Liberty
There are definitely more persuasive works of libertarian political philosophy than TPPA. Atlas Shrugged and For a New Liberty immediately come to mind. Why are they more persuasive? Because they decorate their weak, question-begging moral arguments with inspiring poetry. While TPPA is extremely well-written, its arguments appeal solely to the intellect. The cover is apt: Huemer reasons like a chess grandmaster, consistently thinking several moves ahead of his critics. If people could learn "how to think" by reading a book, this is that book. Buy it now, and read it without delay.
books  libertarianism  philosophy  caplan  sidebar  rand 
january 2013 by HispanicPundit
Women, Liberty, Marketing, and Social Science, Bryan Caplan | EconLog | Library of Economics and Liberty
My study of personality psychology makes me one of the doubters.  On the popular Myers-Briggs personality test, there is a huge Thinking-Feeling gap between men and women.  For men, the breakdown is roughly 60% Thinking, 40% Feeling.  For women, the breakdown is roughly 30% Thinking, 70% Feeling. 

This Thinking/Feeling disparity explains a lot about gender gaps in college major and occupation.  There's every reason to think that this disparity can help explain gender gaps in political and social views.
sidebar  libertarianism  caplan  genderissues 
january 2013 by HispanicPundit
Child Labor Laws! - The Mises Community
economic historians conclude that this legislation was not the primary reason for the reduction and virtual elimination of child labor between 1880 and 1940. Instead they point out that industrialization and economic growth brought rising incomes, which allowed parents the luxury of keeping their children out of the work force. In addition, child labor rates have been linked to the expansion of schooling, high rates of return from education, and a decrease in the demand for child labor due to technological changes which increased the skills required in some jobs and allowed machines to take jobs previously filled by children. Moehling finds that the employment rate of 13-year olds around the beginning of the twentieth century did decline in states that enacted age minimums of 14, but so did the rates for 13-year olds not covered by the restrictions. Overall she finds that state laws are linked to only a small fraction – if any – of the decline in child labor. It may be that states expe
sidebar  mises  libertarianism  labor  child 
december 2012 by HispanicPundit
Brennan's Libertarianism: What Everyone Needs to Know, Bryan Caplan | EconLog | Library of Economics and Liberty
If Wal-Mart started to pay high wages, Wal-Mart jobs would become attractive to skilled workers.  People who currently work as medical assistants or car mechanics would want Wal-Mart jobs.  Since they are more productive and have more skills - since their labor is worth more - they will outcompete the kind of people who currently work at Wal-Mart.  So, raising wages above market levels is unlikely to help unskilled workers.  Instead, it causes job gentrification. (Imagine if Wal-Mart offered to pay its workers $100/hr. Then many of my colleagues would consider becoming Wal-Mart cashiers).
sidebar  caplan  fundamentals  wages  libertarianism  books  wal-mart 
november 2012 by HispanicPundit
Marijuana, Prescription Requirements and the Doctrine of Informed Consent
In an interesting paper in the Journal of Medical Ethics Jessica Flanigan argues that the same reasons which support the doctrine of informed consent also support a patient’s right to use pharmaceuticals without a doctor’s prescription. Based on Peltzman and Temin she argues that the consequential outcomes of prescription-only have not been good, at least not overwhelmingly so. Most importantly, patient autonomy applies just as much to the choice to medicate as to the refusal to medicate
marijuana  sidebar  tabarrok  libertarianism  drugs 
november 2012 by HispanicPundit
Discrimination, Liberty, and the Sorites Paradox, Bryan Caplan | EconLog | Library of Economics and Liberty
The key difference between libertarians and normal people isn't acceptance of this sort of claim.  The key difference, rather, is whether you accept such claims for employers.  E.g.:

1. If every employer on earth refuses to hire you, it does not impair your liberty.
2. If every employer on earth is mean to you, it does not impair your liberty.
3. If every employer on earth refuses to offer you healthcare, it does not impair your liberty.
Etc.

My question: Why on earth should we regard employers so differently?
sidebar  caplan  wilkinson  libertarianism  fundamentals  discrimination 
september 2012 by HispanicPundit
If You Want to Keep Dating Me, You’d Better Let Me Fuck You | Bleeding Heart Libertarians
Murphy and Nagel say that you don’t really own your pre-tax income, because but for government and the public goods it provides through taxation, you wouldn’t have any income.  However, we can extend their argument to defend the corvée, not just the income tax.  An authoritarian can say that you don’t really have a right to your body or your time, because but for government and the public goods it provides through taxation (including, if it wants, through the corvée), you’d probably be dead, and thus not have a body or any time.

Why would the IDA work to block a libertarian’s objection to income taxation but not a liberal’s objection to the corvée?  What’s the difference?
caplan  sidebar  bleedingHeartLibertarians  libertarianism  philosophy  liberalism  fundamentals  property-rights 
june 2012 by HispanicPundit
Labor Unions and Liberty | The Moral Sciences Club | Big Think
Why private sector unions are good, even on libertarian grounds, and public sector unions are bad - especially on clean government grounds.
sidebar  wilkinson  libertarianism  unions 
june 2012 by HispanicPundit
The Road to Freedom: Bumps and All, Bryan Caplan | EconLog | Library of Economics and Liberty
Yes, Americans and Europeans are different now. But the social democrat could easily point to Europe and say, "They learned to enjoy cradle-to-grave security, and so can we. Let's start today." We already know that retirement, unlike unemployment, has little effect on happiness. What's the difference? Shame. In our society, retirees don't feel like failures, and the rest of us don't treat them like failures. The lesson is that defenders of free enterprise have to put less weight on happiness. Sure, happiness is one good thing. But so is achievement - doing something productive with your life. And on this score, free enterprise looks a lot better than welfare states that subsidize people who skate through life without even trying to make something of themselves.
libertarianism  philosophy  brooks  books  caplan  sidebar 
may 2012 by HispanicPundit
Caplan,2012: The Able Slave
This is a good example of what puzzles me most about bleeding-heart libertarians: At times, they sound less libertarian than the typical non-libertarian.* I'm not claiming that the "hard libertarian" intuition is certainly true. But in a thought experiment with ten people, the hard libertarian intuition is at least somewhat plausible. And once you start questioning the justice of the islanders' treatment of Able Abel, questions about the justice of the modern welfare state can't be far behind.

Needless to say, bleeding-heart libertarians usually sound a lot more libertarian than the typical non-libertarian. Yet this just amplifies the puzzle. Unjust treatment of the able may not be the greatest moral issue of our time. (Then again...) But unjust treatment of the able is a serious moral issue. And it's a serious moral issue that mainstream moral and political philosophy utterly ignores. My question for bleeding-heart libertarians everywhere: Why don't your hearts bleed for the
sidebar  caplan  taxes  fundamentals  philosophy  libertarianism  BHL 
may 2012 by HispanicPundit
Freakonomics » How Many Lives Do Smoke Alarms Really Save?
If the ionization smoke alarm was responsible for most of the decrease in fire deaths in the last part of the 20th century, shouldn’t the rate of decrease have been greatest over the time period that smoke alarm usage increased the fastest?   Yet over the time period of 1977–1987, when the use of smoke alarms skyrocketed, the trend line remained relatively constant.  The death rate was trending down before smoke alarms and continued to trend down after they saturated the market.  It does not appear that ionization smoke alarms affected the trend line. NIST inexplicably ignores the trends in better building codes, reduction in smoking, better firefighting equipment, and better emergency medical care as likely reasons for the reduction in fire deaths.
sidebar  regulations  government  freakonomics  libertarianism 
february 2012 by HispanicPundit
How Can a Libertarian Be In Favor of Mandatory Vaccination, But Not Mandatory Health Insurance? - Megan McArdle - National - The Atlantic
Just a quick note, because this has popped up in the comments.  I am not against public health efforts when the behavior of one person puts another at direct physical risk.  You cannot drain your toilet directly into the local water table even if it all happens on your property, and you do not have a right to expose others to tuberculosis.  Similarly with vaccines.  The government does not have a right to mandate vaccination for your own good.  But it does have a right to do so when being unvaccinated is a physical threat to others who engage in normal behavior.
healthcare  mandates  vaccines  libertarianism  mcardle  sidebar 
september 2011 by HispanicPundit
The Efficient, Egalitarian, Libertarian, Utilitarian Way to Double World GDP, Bryan Caplan | EconLog | Library of Economics and Liberty
Bottom line: If research energy were proportional to the inefficiency of the status quo, virtually every economist would study immigration.  And if outrage were proportional to harm, virtually every protest on earth would be in favor of open borders.  Mr. Median Voter, tear down these walls!
libertarianism  immigration  caplan  sidebar 
august 2011 by HispanicPundit
More Thoughts on Metaphors, Arnold Kling | EconLog | Library of Economics and Liberty
Another key issue regarding metaphors concerns what is the correct metaphor for government. For libertarians, government is like a Mafia Godfather, carrying out a protection racket. It is a criminal organization that controls certain economic activities through the use of force. It obtained its status by ruthlessly stamping out competitors.

To someone on the left, government is more like the adult supervision at a day care center. It sets the rules, provides structure, and prevents what otherwise would be dangerous behavior and chaos.

I think of government as a monopoly offering lousy service and determined to maintain and extend its franchise come hell or high water. Imagine General Motors or Microsoft or Blue Cross or Comcast with no competition whatsoever for consumers to choose from, and not even the ability to opt out of driving or personal computing or health insurance or cable TV.
government  liberalism  libertarianism  conservatives  kling  fundamentals  sidebar 
august 2011 by HispanicPundit
Robert Nozick Was A Smart Man — Too Smart To Embrace The Doctrine Of Anarchy, State, and Utopia | ThinkProgress
I think I can speak to this issue with some authority since I was enrolled in Nozick’s seminar on the Russian Revolution at the time of his death. And while it’s certainly true that late-Nozick self-identified as a libertarian, he no longer embraced the doctrine espoused in his famous work of political philosophy. This is, however, an important point! Julian Sanchez cites his own 2001 interviewinterview with Nozick as evidence against Metcalf, but I think it’s the reverse. Nozick says in the interview that the extent of his apostasy has been overstated, but he’s less “hardcore” than he was at the time of Anarchy, State, and Utopia. But when it comes to philosophical doctrine, the hardcoreness is all there is. By the time I was in his class, the kind of libertarian writers Nozick was assigning were Hayek, Friedman, and Von Mises. And though these guys are certainly libertarian in the ordinary language sense, there’s no philosophical gap between them and modern liberals. Keynes said he t
Nozick  slate  libertarianism  yglesias  sidebar 
june 2011 by HispanicPundit
CONVERSABLE ECONOMIST: The Case Against Reducing the Drinking Age
Two sources of evidence support the claim that lowering the drinking age from 21 to 18 will lead to about 8 more deaths by for every 100,000 person-years in the 18-21 age group. One source of evidence looks at what happened when states were altering their drinking ages in the 1970s and 1980s. The other source of evidence is "regression discontinuity" -- that is, what happens to death rates now when people turn 21.
alcohol  libertarianism  regulations  timTaylor  sidebar 
june 2011 by HispanicPundit
Energy Subsidies, Arnold Kling | EconLog | Library of Economics and Liberty
In reality, much of the increase in energy demand over the next ten years will be met by natural gas, which is cheap, abundant, and relatively "clean" in terms of carbon emissions. The subsidized forms of energy will be a net drain on the economy.
environmentalism  lobbying  libertarianism  energy  kling  sidebar 
may 2011 by HispanicPundit
Does Racism Pay? - Megan McArdle - Business - The Atlantic
After all, Gary Becker has shown that discrimination (in hiring, and in serving customers) is very costly.  The fact that the South felt it needed laws to enforce discrimination is telling; it shows that they were worried about defection.  It's possible that a Civil Rights Act without those titles would have ultimately had similar effects:  slower, almost certainly, but without the damage to liberty of contract, and probably with much less controversy.  Or expensive, intrusive legal apparatus.
civil-rights  racism  libertarianism  randpaul  ronpaul  mcardle  history  sidebar 
may 2011 by HispanicPundit
Genetics, Politics, Culture, and the Future, Bryan Caplan | EconLog | Library of Economics and Liberty
In the modern world, however, political genotypes are much more likely to translate into matching phenotypes. During the 20th century, political philosophers covered most of logical space. And thanks to the Internet, almost everyone hears about views likely to appeal to them before their formative years end. The upshot: If you're genetically predisposed to be a libertarian, Leninist, social democrat, conservative, liberal, green, or liberaltarian, you now discover that position during your formative years and adopt it.
libertarianism  genetics  wilkinson  caplan  sidebar 
april 2011 by HispanicPundit
Rand Paul's Position on Civil Rights Too Hot Even for Liberatarian Stalwarts
"In 1964, every major public accommodation that operated a nationwide business was in favor of being forced to admit minorities.” National chains, he explained, feared desegregating in the South without the backing of the federal government because they feared boycotts, retribution and outright violence."
civil-rights  history  RandPaul  epstein  sidebar  libertarianism 
march 2011 by HispanicPundit
Cowen on Moral Intuitionism, Bryan Caplan | EconLog | Library of Economics and Liberty
Our intuition against theft creates a moral presumption against taxation. To defend taxation, you've got to point to differences between taxation and ordinary theft that are strong enough to overcome that presumption. Plenty are on the table, from "Society could not otherwise survive" to "People should pay for what benefits them" to "Taxation solves a mild free rider problem." Once someone advances one or more of these arguments, we can then both (a) intuit whether they would be strong enough to justify ordinary theft, and (b) see how empirically plausible they are.
moralissues  philosophy  libertarianism  taxes  cowen  caplan  sidebar 
march 2011 by HispanicPundit
No Prayer, Sorry, Arnold Kling | EconLog | Library of Economics and Liberty
I think that (non-classical) liberals and libertarians see the problem of "special interests" differently. Liberals view special interests as exogenous to the policy process. You have to overcome special interests to create good policy. Libertarians see special interests as endogenous. Policy is what creates them.
liberalism  libertarianism  kling  sidebar  lobbying 
march 2011 by HispanicPundit
"Callous Libertarians": Missing, or Just Unfairly Maligned?, Bryan Caplan | EconLog | Library of Economics and Liberty
As a self-styled Non-Bleeding-Heart Libertarian, though, I should say that Jason overlooks two major reasons why libertarians are often seen as callous. Namely: Libertarians are relatively unafraid to (a) make a distinction between the deserving and the undeserving poor - and (b) to point out the powerful link between poverty and irresponsible behavior (see e.g. here, here, here).
poverty  libertarianism  caplan  sidebar 
march 2011 by HispanicPundit
Why Do So Many GMU Economists Blog?, Bryan Caplan | EconLog | Library of Economics and Liberty
Once you know these biographical patterns, you should be amazed if lots of GMU economists hadn't started blogging. Think about it: Here's a forum where you write for a sizable, high-quality audience about anything that interests you. Here's a forum where you can eternally debate other people obsessed with ideas. Here's a forum where you can instantly pose as a public intellectual - and try to "fake it till you make it." Here's a forum that actually penalizes atrocious academic writing!

None of this is very appealing to most academic economists. They're content to spend their lives doing normal science. But for professors who've always wanted to live the life of the mind, blogging is a dream come true.
libertarianism  academia  blogging  caplan  sidebar 
february 2011 by HispanicPundit
The Stranger, Bryan Caplan | EconLog | Library of Economics and Liberty
When libertarians say things like this, people ridicule them as cold and cruel. But they're just dodging the issue. Even staunch anti-libertarians would be baffled if a homeless man announced, "Give me my money!" instead of asking "Spare change?" After all, the beggar is a stranger. All the libertarian is pointing out is that your other "fellow citizens" are strangers, too. You're not cold and cruel when you refuse to help; they're being pushy and totalitarian when they refuse to take no for an answer.
welfare  social-insurance  taxes  fundamentals  libertarianism  caplan  sidebar 
january 2011 by HispanicPundit
My First Look at Strictly Confidential, Bryan Caplan | EconLog | Library of Economics and Liberty
Ironically, it is the United States that provides the most striking illustrations of the fallaciousness of the infant-industry doctrine. Within its vast borders, the United States offers an example of one of the world's largest free-trade areas. The frequent regional shifts in American industries provide numerous examples of birth and growth of infant industries, and decline of old, established industries. One of the most striking examples is that of the cotton textile industry.
free-trade  heterdox  libertarianism  usa  caplan  sidebar 
december 2010 by HispanicPundit
Hedengren et al and Dorman Advance the Ball, David Henderson | EconLog | Library of Economics and Liberty
"Two things in this passage are striking. First is his assumption that the minimum wage made his wage high. How can he know that? His post and other things he's written show a good brain and a good writing ability. Isn't there a reasonably high probability that he would have earned about the same wage rate he did earn even had the minimum not existed. Second is his narrow viewpoint. Let's grant that the minimum wage made him and people like him better off. What about the lower-skilled black teenagers who didn't have jobs because of the minimum wage and who didn't get to feel "free to experiment?" And what about the employer who had to pay the minimum wage? Where do the teenagers who didn't have jobs and the employers who had to pay fit in? Dorman doesn't mention them. "
minimum-wage  debates  libertarianism  freedom  henderson  sidebar 
september 2010 by HispanicPundit
Austerity for Liberty, Bryan Caplan | EconLog | Library of Economics and Liberty
Caplan makes the argument that from a small government perspective, its better to fight for limited social programs than radical reforms.
social-security  vouchers  government  spending  deficits  libertarianism  caplan  sidebar 
september 2010 by HispanicPundit
Hummel on Government Military Pay Policy, David Henderson | EconLog | Library of Economics and Liberty
"After Congress voted for involuntary military servitude, presumably under the theory that paying for a voluntary military of adequate size would be too expensive, it then turned around and voted for lavish benefits, under the theory that no expense should be spared to compensate veterans."
military  history  usa  books  libertarianism  henderson  sidebar 
september 2010 by HispanicPundit
The First Amendment and the Principles of Public Opinion, Bryan Caplan | EconLog | Library of Economics and Liberty
"Overall, my three principles of public opinion work as well for civil liberty as they do for economic liberty. Once again, libertarians should count ourselves lucky. If the government truly started listening to the people, that would be a sad day for freedom."
polls  civil-liberties  libertarianism  caplan  sidebar 
june 2010 by HispanicPundit
Progressively Uninformed
"My GMU Economics colleage Dan Klein has this excellent and revealing op-ed in today’s Wall Street Journal. In it, he reports the results of a survey that he, along with Zogby researcher Zeljka Buturovic, conducted to test American adults’ grasp of basic economic ideas. They find that people who self-indentify as “libertarian,” “very conservative,” or “conservative” understand basic economic principles far better than do people who self-identify as “liberal” or as “progressive.”"
liberalism  conservatives  libertarianism  economics  wsj  boudreaux  sidebar 
june 2010 by HispanicPundit
Jeffrey Miron » Blog Archive » Rand Paul and the Civil Rights Act of 1964
"Whatever the role of Title VII in generating gains for blacks, it is not the whole story. These gains would likely have come anyway—perhaps somewhat more slowly—due to private efforts and the federal dismantling of Jim Crow. In addition, the Act’s ban on discrimination led to further interventions that have generated far more costs and produced far less evidence for their efficacy. In particular, the Civil Rights Act evolved into affirmative action, and the scope of anti-discrimination policy evolved from merely outlawing racism to promoting diversity and limiting statistical discrimination."
civil-rights  history  affirmative-action  libertarianism  miron  sidebar 
june 2010 by HispanicPundit
Milton Friedman on Racial Discrimination, David Henderson | EconLog | Library of Economics and Liberty
"The fact of the matter is that this country moved from segregation required by law to segregation forbidden by law without trying freedom of association for a millisecond. So I don't presume to know how much or how quickly segregation would have broken down without the law. There are strong incentives for employers, unhindered by law, to hire the best person for the job, regardless of race, and it would have been nice to see how well and quickly freedom of association would have worked. "
civil-rights  history  discrimination  friedman  libertarianism  RandPaul  henderson  sidebar 
june 2010 by HispanicPundit
Civil Rights and Wrongs at Steven Landsburg | The Big Questions: Tackling the Problems of Philosophy with Ideas from Mathematics, Economics, and Physics
"When you open a restaurant and announce that you won’t serve blacks, you’re not just announcing that you won’t serve blacks. Instead, you’re implicitly announcing that whenever a black person comes in and asks for service, you’re going to call the police and ask the taxpayers to subsidize the cost of your taste for discrimination. You have no property right to those taxpayer dollars."
civil-rights  libertarianism  landsburg  sidebar 
june 2010 by HispanicPundit
How Libertarian Was the Civil Rights Movement?, Bryan Caplan | EconLog | Library of Economics and Liberty
"Overall, I see the civil rights movement much as I see the Protestant Reformation. Both attacked blatant injustices, many of them government-imposed. But the thrust of the Protestant Reformation wasn't separation of church and state. It was state-mandated Protestantism. Similarly, the thrust of the civil rights movement wasn't separation of race and state. It was state-mandated group equality of result. Whether they're quoting Martin Luther or Martin Luther King, libertarians shouldn't forget these facts."
civil-rights  libertarianism  RandPaul  caplan  sidebar 
june 2010 by HispanicPundit
How Free Were American Women in the Gilded Age?, Bryan Caplan | EconLog | Library of Economics and Liberty
"I know that my qualified defense of coverture isn't going to make libertarians more popular with modern audiences. Still, truth comes first. Women of the Gilded Age were very poor compared to women today. But from a libertarian standpoint, they were freer than they are on Sex and the City."
genderissues  libertarianism  feminists  marriage  caplan  sidebar 
may 2010 by HispanicPundit
Up from Slavery - Reason Magazine
"The Cato Institute's boilerplate description of itself used to include the line, "Since [the American] revolution, civil and economic liberties have been eroded." Until Clarence Thomas, then chairman of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, gave a speech at Cato and pointed out to us that it didn't seem quite that way to black people"
slavery  history  libertarianism  freedom  thomas  cato  boaz  sidebar 
may 2010 by HispanicPundit
Rand Paul is No Barry Goldwater on Civil Rights | Capital Gains and Games
"As we know from history, the free market did not lead to a breakdown of segregation. Indeed, it got much worse, not just because it was enforced by law but because it was mandated by self-reinforcing societal pressure. Any store owner in the South who chose to serve blacks would certainly have lost far more business among whites than he gained. There is no reason to believe that this system wouldn't have perpetuated itself absent outside pressure for change."
civil-rights  libertarianism  RandPaul  bartlett  sidebar 
may 2010 by HispanicPundit
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