Wednesday, March 14, 2007

Big-Government Libertarianism

Interesting Tyler Cowen piece on libertarianism going forward. His vision for libertarianism strikes me as quite compatible with the goals of DLC-style neoliberalism, but with a better overall story -- "positive liberty" rather than pragmatic liberalism.

Oh, and he also comes up with a nice metaphor regarding global warming:
Yes, I know some of you are climate skeptics. But if the chance of mainstream science being right is only 20% (and assuredly it is much higher than that), we still have, in expected value terms, a massive tort. We don’t let people play involuntary Russian roulette on others with a probability of 17% (one bullet, six chambers), so we do need to worry about man-made global warming.


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