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Comment on Finders keepers? by Tim

Thu, 15 Mar 2018 03:45:53 +0000

Does anyone here know the case name for the money in suitcase case? I've looked in the Austlii database but can't find it. Help appreciated....



Comment on A misconceived attack on libertarianism by Helen Pluckrose

Sun, 11 Mar 2018 03:41:54 +0000

Thanks for this balanced criticism of our manifesto. Having heard from many reasonable libertarians on this, and particularly on our treatment of Hayek, we have qualified our stance on libertarianism's role among the pre-modernists. We discussed this a little on Russ Robert's EconTalk podcast. James lives in the American South where he is surrounded by a particular kind of Libertarian and frequently encounters his most decidedly anti-modern views among them. They tend to be anti-intellectual, anti-expertise, Utopian, go on madly about guns and religion and cite Hayek as justification of not trusting science or government or expertise on principle. Some of them find us on Twitter too so I have encountered them, though British libertarians are very different and often left-wing, and we have had to mute several Twitter users with 'Hayek' in their tag for going on endlessly against rationalism and knowledge in a way very similar to Foucault. Nevertheless no group should be judged by their lunatic fringe (and they all have them) and no thinker should be judged by how other people use his ideas. The number of smart and reasonable people who have told us that they think we misjudged libertarians generally and Hayek in particular and explained how they would read him and how they perceive modernity has convinced us that whilst some libertarians do belong among the pre-modernists, there are many more of them among the defenders of modernity.



Comment on A misconceived attack on libertarianism by Ruben

Sun, 25 Feb 2018 11:42:15 +0000

Lorenzo, thanks so much for the post.Really thank you! Great.



Comment on A misconceived attack on libertarianism by Lorenzo

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 22:34:36 +0000

Roger@1 Thanks. Yes, there are plenty of grounds for critiquing libertarianism, either in whole or in some of its wilder strains (let's discuss the achievements of stateless societies, shall we?), but being against modernity itself is not one of them.



Comment on A misconceived attack on libertarianism by Roger

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 14:43:31 +0000

I had similar thoughts when I read the essay (which I thought was excellent overall), but you helped me to clarify my objections to this part. I feel like they are confusing rationalism with top down planning. I do agree that libertarians can often tend to be too focused on liberty at the expense of other values, and that the anarchist wing takes the attack on government to an extreme.



Comment on The dissident right and the race thing by Lorenzo

Sat, 17 Feb 2018 22:55:48 +0000

D@1 That was the quote, not me and it is sad that you are so incurious about the world around us.



Comment on The dissident right and the race thing by Davoh

Sat, 17 Feb 2018 18:02:26 +0000

You lost me at the place when you mentioned 'bullet points'.



Comment on A comment on border walls by Lorenzo

Wed, 07 Feb 2018 23:23:11 +0000

David@6 . Absolutely. Hence the term wetbacks. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wetback_(slur)



Comment on A comment on border walls by Lorenzo

Wed, 07 Feb 2018 23:22:03 +0000

@5 . Same definition, but for obvious reasons we don't have very many. Less than 70,000 apparently. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Illegal_immigration_to_Australia



Comment on A comment on border walls by David J. H.

Sun, 04 Feb 2018 15:33:37 +0000

Um, am i wrong in thinking that a considerable length of the "Border" between Mexico and the USA .. is in the middle of a RIVER ???