Monthly Archives: August 2010

Liberalism in Europe

Alex Massie of Britain’s Spectator offers a European perspective on the future of liberalism: Libertarians dreaming of nirvana – or conservatives who think libertarians can’t possibly forge any meaningful, if even temporary, alliances with the left – are starting from … Continue reading

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Left-libertarianism in the Long View

The other key conservative reaction to the Lindsey/Wilkinson departure from Cato is this piece by the always-insightful Tim Carney: Lindsey’s project – building political alliances between libertarians and liberals – is (or was) a bold one, and not impossible in … Continue reading

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Conservatives and “Limited Government”

My friend Will Wilkinson has announced that he and his boss Brink Lindsey are leaving the Cato Institute. Because Brink and Will were the standard-bearers for liberaltarianism at Cato, their departure has prompted discussion of whether their departure constitutes a … Continue reading

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The Problem with Seasteading

I first wrote about seasteading two years ago, shortly after the Seasteading Institute launched. The brainchild of Patri Friedman (grandson of Milton) and others, seasteading is a program for political reform based on a proliferation of self-governing ocean colonies. As … Continue reading

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Bhidé on the Dangers of Top-Down Finance

A few months ago I did a post about the role top-down decision-making played in the financial crisis. I wasn’t super satisfied with my finished product, and it turns out I should have just waited a few weeks for this … Continue reading

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The High Cost of Free Parking

It’s a common trope in urban planning debates to cast the car-centric suburban lifestyle as the result of an unregulated free market in contrast to urban development patterns, which are often portrayed as the result of explicit government policy. I’ve … Continue reading

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The Yahoo’s Dilemma

Paul Graham, who made his fortune by selling a startup to Yahoo! during the dot-com bubble, has a new essay speculating on why the company is so lame. He tells a story about an early discussion with Yahoo execs about … Continue reading

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More Perspectives on Birthright Citizenship

Tim Sandefur has an interesting post about the law of birthright citizenship. He argues that it’s not necessarily the case that birthright citizenship is as firmly established by the Constitution as both supporters and critics assume. I’m not a lawyer … Continue reading

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Envolve Chat with Adam Thierer

The next Bottom-Up chat will feature Adam Thierer, president of the Progress and Freedom Foundation and mastermind of the Technology Liberation Front, the world’s leading libertarian tech policy blog. One of his recurring features at TLF is an annual review … Continue reading

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Birthright Citizenship and Symbolism

Will Wilkinson revisits his case against birthright citizenship: Now, if you’re a solidaristic nationalist, as most notable liberals are, the ideal of liberal equality suggests something like equality of opportunity for full insider status for people who are already inside … Continue reading

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