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Liberty and Equality

“Between liberty and equality, there can be but little fraternity.” (Montesquieu, correspondence with Voltaire)* I’d like to follow up on our previous discussion of Libertarianism, as a way of getting clearer on the position I was tentatively putting forward there. … Continue reading

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Arizona, Gay Rights, and the Unhappy Marriage of Libertarianism and Conservatism (or, why saying “I’m a libertarian” doesn’t give you a free pass)

Libertarianism, just as much as “social conservativism” poses a danger for minority rights of all kinds.  If you support the cause of gay marriage, anti-Jim Crow civil rights, etc., you should not be a libertarian.  If you think homophobic laws … Continue reading

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On Nozick, On Williams

Bernard Williams and Robert Nozick are two philosophers I really enjoy reading. Seeing one directly address the other in print is strangely amusing, like finding out that two good friends you had met at different places and times in your … Continue reading

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Temkin on Inequality

The subject of this post–the first in a series on philosophical discussions of equality and inequality–is a fascinating essay (“Inequality”) by the philosopher Larry Temkin. Here’s Temkin in all his brainy glory: I had heard of Temkin before–I knew him … Continue reading

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Drugs, Liberty and Justice

After yesterday’s post I wanted to flesh out the consequences of my argument more specifically for the context in which it arose – an argument about drug legalization.  I won’t do much more work here to defend justice over libertarianism per … Continue reading

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Why Libertarianism is Dangerous

Over the past week or so, I’ve had a running good-natured argument on facebook about drug legalization – a friend has been arguing that (among other things) marijuana use shouldn’t be restricted by the government, because it’s an individual’s right … Continue reading

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