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The Collateral Damage of the Drug War

Radley Balko over at Reason summarizes the collateral damage that has been incurred in our nation’s drug war. These casualties include police militarization, repeated foreign policy travesties (read: the entirety of Latin America has good reasons to hate us), the incarceration of hundred of thousands for nonviolent offences, and impediments to the use of to…

Freedom Watch

Two good articles on libertarian politics this week. First, the Economist covers Freedom House’s “How Free?” report on the US: But the verdict on the Bush years is nevertheless sharp. “How Free?” not only details and condemns the administration’s familiar sins, from Guantanamo to extraordinary rendition to warrantless wiretapping. It reminds readers of its aversion…

David Mamet, libertarian?

Things I did not visualize reading this morning. 1) David Mamet wrote a piece in the Village Voice — of all places — disavowing his faith in government. Money quote: For the Constitution, rather than suggesting that all behave in a godlike manner, recognizes that, to the contrary, people are swine and will take any…

Boo Universe! Boo American politics and your absence of choices! You can try this electoral quiz that tells you who you should vote for here. The Universe has apparently determined that I should vote for Ron Paul — which is really unfortunate for the Universe because I ain’t doin’ it. Try for yourself. Or you…

Ron Paul doesn’t believe in evolution

Ron Paul just lost my vote (not that he really had it before). See the video below the fold (the question is at about 2:40):

Libertarian Link Clean-up

I am clearing out links, so here are two quotes on a libertarian persuasion. From Jane Galt (about media coverage of the Hillary/Obama foreign policy debate: It’s not really my business, since I don’t think anyone will ever describe me as progressive or (outside of Britain), liberal, but I don’t find this surprising, or even…

Brian Doherty from Reason has an interesting article on NY’s place as a libertarian mecca: New York City is the celebrated center for many vital aspects of American culture: publishing, finance, and the arts. It rarely has been credited, however, as a cutting-edge leader in political ideologies. But New York also is the breeding ground…

I wrote about my skepticism about libertarian paternalism before. Here is some more skepticism. Glen Whitman writes about one type of policy advocated by libertarian paternalists — the opt-out program. In opt-out programs, you are enrolled in what the government says you should do — such as a savings account — unless you specifically say…

Libertarian Paternalism?

Ilya Somin from the Volokh Conspiracy has this post on a resurgent paternalism — using as its justification new findings from behavioral economics: “Libertarian Paternalism” is all the rage in law and economics circles these days. To slightly oversimplify, libertarian paternalists claim that people systematically make mistakes as a result of cognitive errors and biases.…

Cathy Young has an interesting column on the tension among libertarians between the desire to be tolerant about other people’s lifestyles and personal convictions about those issues: Within the libertarian milieu, there is a tension between political libertarians, whose chief concern is limiting and reversing the expansion of the state and its powers, and social…