Category Archives: Politics

Žižek on pleasure and three types of leftists

I usually think of Slavoj Žižek as a performance-artist-of-philosophy-sometimes-shading-into-clownishness, but he can be perceptive, especially when diagnosing the internal dynamics of his fellow leftists. Here is his taxonomy of left thinkers in terms of where they stand on the issue … Continue reading

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Who should pay for my contraceptives? Three positions

A modest goal in this post: to clarify the moral and political options. First, whose moral responsibility is it? That is, who, as a matter of choice, should assume this responsibility? Position 1: It is my responsibility to provide them … Continue reading

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Tragedy of the Commons — transcript of video lecture

Below is the transcript. Or here in PDF. The lecture is part of the Business Ethics Cases series. Much thanks to Matheus Pacini for his excellent work on making the transcription. The Tragedy of the Commons (transcript) Video lecture by … Continue reading

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Berman: From what ghastly depths come fascism and communism?

Via Edward Fox, a quotation from Paul Berman’s (recommended) Terror and Liberalism: “In the years around 1950, writers from several parts of the world set out to produce a new literature of political analysis, different from any political literature of … Continue reading

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Today is Liberalism Day

More information here about political truth in advertising, as I think of it. A list of signatories is here.

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“Philosophy and a Century of War” — transcript

Below is a transcription of the video available YouTube and Philosophy and a Century of War (transcription) Stephen R. C. Hicks Philosophy has a reputation for being abstract and difficult, which it certainly can be. It also has a … Continue reading

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Unauthorized book marketing — News Report

Imagine the following news report: ‘Children’s Publishing, Inc., has reached a $105 million settlement with several U.S. states over the unlawful market of its history books. The book publishing company did not admit wrongdoing but confirmed its agreement with 44 … Continue reading

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Entrepreneur and Un-entrepreneur characteristics

I’m a big fan of Arnold Kling and Nick Schulz’s From Poverty to Prosperity: Intangible Assets, Hidden Liabilities and the Lasting Triumph over Scarcity. I wrote about it here. It’s about Economics 2.0, as they call it, one key feature … Continue reading

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