Arnold Kling: July 2007 Archives

Debatable Assumptions

"there will exist other better, yet more utopian, proposals...when we reject those 'better proposals,' we end up arguing that they are excessively utopian. Why are these reforms too utopian while ours are not?" --Tyler Cowen In public policy debates,... Read More

The Gospel of Freedom

"I am never sure how many people really yearn for liberty. I wish more of them did." --Tyler Cowen The Acton Institute has produced the most subversive movie I have ever seen. The Call of the Entrepreneur, which is being... Read More

Myths and Realities of the George Bush Presidency

"conservatives are unhappy because the president allied himself with Sen. Edward M. Kennedy (D-Mass.) over an immigration deal that leaned too far toward amnesty for illegal immigrants. They're unhappy because Bush has shown little interest in fiscal responsibility Read More

The New Myths About Inequality

The Left is gearing up for 2008 with major proposals for government intervention to "fix" the distribution of income. For example, the Center for American Progress, a liberal think tank, recently proposed raising the minimum wage, giving unions more... Read More

Should You Trust the Government?

"The principal the ability of individuals in high-trust cultures to form, freely and easily, associations and enterprises among individuals not connected by close kinship ties...High-trust cultures are able to support rich civil societies—ones i Read More

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