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Republican “Intellectuals” View Life as a Game

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Alec MacGillis writes about Mankiw’s defense of the tax treatment of carried interest. At the end he (doesn’t) link to Matt O’Brien who links to a Mankiw blog post saying the exact opposite.

This is what I mean when I say that those academics and other public intellectuals on the right view this whole thing as a game. It’s not about doing what’s right and it’s not even about doing what you believe to be true. It’s about confusing the issue so that your masters can do what they want.

But it’s not a game. Allowing hedge fund managers to pay 15% in federal income taxes instead of 35% robs the Treasury of much needed revenue, putting a burden on current and future tax payers. It also increases inequality in a way that simply didn’t happen fifty years ago.


Written by Liam C Malloy

March 6, 2012 at 1:01 pm

Libertarians and Feminism

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I just came across two different posts that show libertarians uncomfortable stance toward feminism. The first was from Noah Smith showing that Peter Thiel thinks that allowing women to vote was a bad thing (at least for libertarians).

The second was from Mike Konczal that showed how uncomfortable women’s rights and female sexuality made Ludwig von Mises.

From a purely philosophical point of view, you would think that libertarians would welcome feminism as it increased the amount of freedom in the world by opening up new opportunities and giving new rights to half the population.

But libertarians (often, not always) seem to worry about protecting the rights and liberties of themselves and people like them, rather than extending them to others. Thus we end up with misogynistic and racist white male libertarians. One question is how women and minorities can feel comfortable in these groups.


Written by Liam C Malloy

February 13, 2012 at 4:35 pm

Posted in Libertarians