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  • Theories of voluntary self-constraint?

    Hello altogether, a question that is in my mind for quite a while already: When and under which conditios can I make sense to constraint yourself (even if there is NO budget-constraint) in order to maximize your utility? Are there any theories on that topic? I've summed up my thoughts here: http...
    Posted to Economics Questions (Forum) by Random Walk Down Earth on Mon, Oct 22 2012
  • Libertarianism vs. Utilitarianism

    Within the field of economics there is a concept known as the equity-efficiency trade-off. Efficiency is regarded as objective. While equity is subjective and filled with value judgments. Since equity is normative the concept of fairness must be determined. Fairness is actually far more objective than...
    Posted to Political Theory (Forum) by Lawrence on Wed, Aug 3 2011
  • Re: David Osterfeld on natural rights

    [quote user="Juan"][quote user="Brainpolice"]But to address the original question, I'm not exactly a utilitarian (in the sense of making use of a pleasure/pain principle or in the sense of trying to make morality metric).[/quote] By calling you a utilitarian, I meant that you...
    Posted to Political Theory (Forum) by Luming Zhou on Mon, Aug 17 2009
  • Re: David Osterfeld on natural rights

    [quote user="Juan"]BP, Can your position be described as some variety of utilitarianism ? [/quote] The Kantian Golden Rule and the universalizability test function like 'utilitarianism' in the sense that they require one to imagine if it has positive and negative outcomes. For instance...
    Posted to Political Theory (Forum) by Luming Zhou on Sun, Aug 16 2009
  • Political Definitions

    I would be interested in seeing a post, blog, website, etc that is devoted to defining political terms. I was at a Tea Party where I saw signs calling Obama a communist, a socialist, and a fascist. Which sign was correct? All three? What about Bush, what would we classify him as? I believe there are...
    Posted to Political Theory (Forum) by Gary Halpin on Sat, Apr 18 2009
  • What if free market made the poor poorer?

    I agree that the free market is the best avenue for increasing the wealth of the poor. However, what would your position on the free market be if, hypothetically, the free market made the poor poorer, or at least kept the poor from becoming more wealthy while the rich continuously became more wealthy...
    Posted to Political Theory (Forum) by Trianglechoke7 on Sun, Oct 5 2008
  • The Case of a Ruritanian Philosopher

    Let there exist two countries or territories bordering each other, Ruritania and Waldavia. Let the Ruritanians be "smart" and let them have developed a high civilization. On the other hand, let the Waldavians be "stupid" and remain primitive hunters-gatherers. Finally, let a Ruritanian...
    Posted to Political Theory (Forum) by dchernik on Wed, Aug 20 2008
  • Re: Eleven Years Later: The Modern Irrelevance of the "Libertarian Straddle"

    I agree with the author insofar that using nonconsequentialist arguments is somewhat pointless. The vast majority of people are not interested in rights but in consequences. They erroneously believe that more government intervention is needed to make the poor, minorities, etc. better off and that monopolies...
    Posted to Political Theory (Forum) by krazy kaju on Sun, Jun 15 2008
  • Re: The right to abandon & neglect children

    [quote user="Nathyn"]You're putting words into Rothbard's mouth. He never argued from a consequentialist position, but from a natural rights position. The book was called, "The ETHICS of Liberty."[/quote]The words I'm using here are my own, but I'm not misrepresenting...
    Posted to Political Theory (Forum) by allixpeeke on Wed, Dec 12 2007
  • Utility and Utilitarianism

    There is an argument against utilitarianism that seems to be common amongst austrians, which i believe is incorrect. Here's the argument, as it is put forward by Edward Stringham : "Many justifications for government use utilitarian arguments, which assume that subjective tility is cardinal...
    Posted to Economics Questions (Forum) by njal on Sun, Nov 25 2007
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