Is Yale throwing free expression under the bus in an attempt to cure campus racism? The authoritarian impulse to have Christakis fired is alarming and over the top. Treating the students like children, and supporting authoritarian responses to free expression are not solutions. They are wrong from both a normative free expression perspective and a consequentialist perspective. Continue reading
Never, ever, listen to or hire someone who speaks like this: It turns out we know more about economic policy than we think we do. Much (certainly not all) of contemporary economics has a pretty good idea of how the … Continue reading
I suppose most political/philosophical criticism is glib, but it is the libertarian’s unique fate to receive glib criticism from both major political tribes. Libertarians, as few and un-influential as they are, are apparently threatening to the majority tribes, progressive liberals, … Continue reading
One of the most important, yet obvious-seeming points ever made. Corollaries of this principle: To argue against an idea honestly, you should argue against the best arguments of the strongest advocates. Arguing against weaker advocates proves nothing, because even the … Continue reading
Separating Rewards Into Meaningless Categories Increases Motivation. What fools these humans.