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"A Moral Idiot": Rand Paul Compared Taxation To Slavery And Betrayed The Emptiness Of His Political Philosophy

Rand Paul brought some libertarian philosophy into the Republican presidential primary this week, in the form of the old “taxation is slavery” bumper sticker. He even indexed it to a handy percentage scale! 712 more words

Rand Paul

Why Do Intellectuals Oppose Capitalism?

Still on Nozick and perhaps somewhat of a companion piece to Williams’ essay On Hating and Despising Philosophy. Though this Nozick essay is very well-known engagement with it tends to be primarily in the service of ideological cherry-pickers or scornful silence from its targets.  3,445 more words

Liberalism

TNR continues swirl down the Chait chute

Though well known beauty Jonathan Chait no longer works at TrapNeuterRelease magazine, the current editors continue with his obsessive compulsion to write flawed articles critical of libertarianism. 546 more words

Gary Johnson

Has Libertarianism Failed?

In a four-part series I presented the current state of the U.S. economy. Overall, things look relatively good here: growth is moderately good, private consumption is moderately healthy, business investments are stabilizing at a good rate and government consumption and investment spending is under control. 691 more words

Nozick's Room: Steven Universe Meets The Experience Machine

Is it possible that the episode “Rose’s Room” of Steven Universe may be able to help us determine what it is that we find worth living for? 1,788 more words

Analysis Is Magic

What Happens to Human Rights in the Experience Machine?

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Nozick’s “experience machine” is a widely used thought experiment, intended to corroborate many different and often counterintuitive conclusions. But as far as I know, it hasn’t been used to try and understand what such a machine would do to our human rights. 569 more words

Human Rights