Monday, March 26, 2007

Libertarianism Makes You Stupid

I like Seth Finkelstein's essay "Libertarianism Makes You Stupid" about how ... well, how libertarianism makes you stupid. The essay is well written and pretty funny because it's peppered with silly quotes from net libertarians.

Obviously I disagree with his main thesis, but I certainly agree with many of Finkelstein's criticisms of libertarianism. For example, I'm not a big fan of the tax-is-theft crowd, and their refusal to recognize the existence of public goods or that government can be a voluntary institution. I think that a lot of libertarians engage in a rather shallow analysis of anything government related.

I also like this comparative essay I found some time ago comparing economics to religion because it's creative, self-righteous and totally wrong all at the same time.

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