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On not telling other people what to do

The cartoon reminds me of two quotations from John Locke and John Stuart Mill. Locke on freedom of choice for students: “great care is to be taken, that [education] be never made as a business to him, nor he look … Continue reading

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Profiles in Liberty: Nicholas Capaldi

In this extended interview, philosopher Nicholas Capaldi responds to a series of questions about his life and work. Capaldi is Legendre-SoulĂ© Distinguished Chair in Business Ethics at Loyola University, New Orleans and co-author of The Two Narratives of Political Economy. … Continue reading

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PowerPoint added: The Enlightenment

For Week 8 in my Western Civ course: The Enlightenment. Previous files in the series: 1. Introduction. 2. The Renaissance Context. 3. England to the Glorious Revolution. 4. Justice and Modernizing the Law. 5. From Feudal to Modern Business and … Continue reading

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Philosophy and a century of war

“History is philosophy teaching by example” said Bolingbroke. Philosophy has a reputation for being abstract, which it is. Philosophy also has a reputation for being impractical or pointless, which it certainly is not. Here is my nine-minute explanation for why … Continue reading

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Galileo and the modern compromise

In his open letter to the Grand Duchess Christina (1615), Galileo offered a defense of science against the prevailing heavy hand of religious orthodoxy: “But I do not feel obliged to believe that that same God who has endowed us … Continue reading

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The two Americas: 13 countries’ GDP

I’ve started reading Guillermo M. Yeatts’s 2010 Plunder in Latin America. Yeatts lists thirteen American countries’ per capita GDP in 2008 US dollars, first alphabetically by country: Argentina 8,281 Bolivia 1,948 Brazil 8,379 Canada 46,826 Chile 10,933 Colombia 5,478 Cuba … Continue reading

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Justifying liberal capitalism

What makes liberal capitalism good? Here is a flowchart I’ve developed for use in some upcoming talks. The chart diagrams the positive claims about liberal capitalism by its defenders — John Locke, Adam Smith, John Stuart Mill, Ludwig von Mises, … Continue reading

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Autonomy as a human need

To be fully human is to make one’s own decisions and initiate one’s own actions in life. In this essay at The Creativity Post, physician Alan Lickerman writes: “restrictions on our autonomy may lie at the heart of a great … Continue reading

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