Category Archives: Politics

“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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Aesop on politicians and rationalization

The Wolf and the Lamb A wolf came upon a lamb that had strayed from the flock, and he felt some compunction about taking the life of so helpless a creature without some excuse. So he cast about for a … Continue reading

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Liberal versus gender feminism: McElroy’s *Sexual Correctness*

In my Ethics course this week, we’re discussing the arguments for and against banning pornography. One of our readings is from Wendy McElroy’s Sexual Correctness: The Gender-Feminist Attack on Women. McElroy takes up the gender-feminist arguments against porn and contrasts … Continue reading

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Luigi Zingales on Keynesians

A zinger from Zingales: “Keynesianism has conquered the hearts and minds of politicians and ordinary people alike because it provides a theoretical justification for irresponsible behavior. Medical science has established that one or two glasses of wine per day are … Continue reading

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Texts in Philosophy — items added April 2014

Four articles from the 1989 debate sparked by federal funding for works by Robert Mapplethorpe and Andres Serrano. * Jesse Helms, “Amendment 420: The NEA Should Not Fund Obscenity” [pdf]. * Robert Hughes, “A Loony Parody of Cultural Democracy” [pdf]. … Continue reading

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Transcript of “13 arguments for liberal capitalism in 13 minutes”

With much thanks to Matheus Pacini for his work on the transcription, below is the text for my “13 arguments for liberal capitalism in 13 minutes.” The original videos are at YouTube. The graphic integration of the arguments in a … Continue reading

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