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Framing and the New Paternalism

April 5th, 2010 · 16 Comments

My friend Glen Whitman has an excellent essay over at Cato Unbound that takes aim at what’s been variously called “new” or “soft” or even “libertarian” paternalism. I’ve been relatively open to at least some of the ideas circulating under those banners—at least as libertarians go—but Glen’s arguments certainly provide ample reason for severe skepticism.  […]

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Tags: Economics · General Philosophy · Law · Libertarian Theory · Nannyism

Health Care as Distributional Right

August 24th, 2009 · 22 Comments

I’ve suggested before that the best version of progressivism—by which I mean, the most internally coherent version—would not include a distinct right to health care for competent adults as a moral or theoretical right, though it may in practice recommend that some degree of access to publicly provided or subsidized health care be afforded as […]

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Tags: Markets · Moral Philosophy · Nannyism

No Swearing On 911

July 18th, 2009 · Comments Off on No Swearing On 911

This story’s at least a year old, but since I only just saw it, I figure it’s worth reposting. The officer responsible appears to have gotten off with a slap on the wrist, as usual:

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Tags: Nannyism · Stupid Shit

Liberté, égalité, paternalisme

June 29th, 2009 · 3 Comments

Yglesias has a good point on the proposed French burqa ban: [T]his sort of ban seems extremely unlikely to actually help anyone who’s genuinely in need of help. A woman whose husband and/or other male relations have enough power over her to force her into a burqa against her will is only going to be […]

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Tags: Law · Nannyism · Obedience and Insubordination · Religion


February 2nd, 2009 · 2 Comments

What Radley said.

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Honey, I Think You Should Know, I’ve Been Seeing Joanna Angel

June 10th, 2008 · 14 Comments

Via To the People, I find a Fox News “sexpert” detailing the signs your partner may have a porn problem. This bit seemed rather striking: Many people are completely in the dark that their partner likes porn, much less has a serious relationship with it. Ignorant as to any issue, they trust their lover unconditionally. […]

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Tags: Nannyism · Sexual Politics

Wallet-Threatening Behavior

April 27th, 2008 · 1 Comment

Andrew Sullivan notes this bit of news from the Netherlands: The Dutch cabinet has proposed a ban on the sale of all hallucinogenic “magic” mushrooms because they could induce life-threatening behaviour. A bill will now pass to the Dutch parliament, where a majority of lawmakers are expected to back a ban after a teenage French […]

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Libertarian Paternalism, Again

April 4th, 2008 · 1 Comment

Cass Sunstein and Richard Thaler’s notion of “Libertarian Paternalism” has already occasioned plenty of blogospheric debate, but their recent LA Times op-ed has reopened the floodgates. Jonah Goldberg has a crop of posts, and Jim Manzi and Will Wilkinson also take shots. I’ve been at least somewhat more open to the idea than some of […]

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Tags: Libertarian Theory · Nannyism

Debaters for Dope

February 22nd, 2008 · 6 Comments

A couple weeks back, I returned to my old alma mater to serve as a judge at the school’s annual parliamentary debate tournament. As invariably happens at these events, I spent a fair amount of time waxing nostalgic with other former-debaters (or “dinos”) who were on the circuit when I was. (Fun factoid: The team […]

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No! Not France!

December 28th, 2007 · 17 Comments

Is nothing sacred?

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