Around the Web

1. The Liberalism of Classical Liberalism. This is a concise essay by economist Peter Boettke that is pretty self-explanatory. If you read it, be sure to keep my observation about socialists only caring about the rich in the back of your minds.

2. The Arctic is the Mediterranean of the 21st century.

3. A new witchcraft law being drafted in Indonesia needs to be implemented with the cooperation of witches and psychics (“experts in their field”) if it to be fair and just, says one lawmaker. Be sure to check out the ‘comments’ thread.

4. A long essay on John Rawls’s A Theory of Justice. Here is a juicy quote:

The next argument, of the late 1970s, took place within rights-oriented liberalism, and pitted Rawls’s brand of liberal-egalitarianism against the sort of right-wing libertarian views which found their most powerful voice in Robert Nozick’s Anarchy, State, and Utopia. This debate, Sandel says, “corresponds roughly to the debate in American politics between defenders of the market economy and advocates of the welfare state.” There is a sweet irony in the fact that the egalitarian position should have been defended by Rawls, a wealthy “wasp,” and the neo-liberal one by Nozick, a poor Jew from Brooklyn.

Rawls’s book. I think this debate will continue to be the most important one of the 21st century, at least in the West.

2 thoughts on “Around the Web

  1. Brandon, you linked to the third story again for #4. I presume this is incorrect, although the similarities between witchcraft and egalitarianism might be worth looking into.

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