The Humble Case for Liberty

The virtue of humility is found in recognizing our limits — and that humility ought to make fans of limited government. I could be wrong about pretty much anything. What I don’t know so outweighs what I do that my actual knowledge appears as little more than a small raft on an ocean of ignorance. I suffer […]

False Promises and Uncertain Economic Truths

Markets are overwhelmingly good, but the results of market processes aren’t always good for everyone, in every instance. Markets are overwhelmingly good, but the results of market processes aren’t always good for everyone, in every instance. Pretending otherwise isn’t persuasive. There’s an unfortunate tendency among some free market advocates to blame the victim: If you […]

People Don’t Owe You Money Just Because You Think You’re Awesome

Sorry, but it’s true. Erin Biba doesn’t get paid much when she writes for online outlets and she’s pretty sure that’s other peoples’ fault. In a very silly essay at Medium, Biba explains how her “talent, critical thinking, ability to ask the right questions, and skill in explaining super complex topics”—presumably developed during her “$60,000 graduate […]

The “Stupid and Evil” Fallacy in American Politics

The GOP catches much flack for its “obstructionist politics” and for being the “party of no.” They vote against proposals from President Obama and congressional Democrats, proposals that the President and his party peers know are the only way to dig America out of its recession. Who wouldn’t want to end the recession and put […]

Paul Krugman’s Corrupt Confusion

Paul Krugman has a slam dunk argument for why libertarianism doesn’t work — provided his readers don’t know a thing about libertarianism and aren’t inclined to think critically about Krugman’s argument. It begins by quoting Milton Friedman, who tells us, as Krugman puts it, “that there’s no need for product safety regulation, because corporations know that if […]