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Jan 13, 1985

Thomas Hazlett: Bumper Sticker Ideology

Thomas Hazlett is a professor of law and economics at George Mason University’s School of Law. From 1991-92 he served as Chief Economist of the Federal Communications Commission, and prior to that he was Senior Fellow at the Manhattan Institute for Policy Research.

In this lecture from 1985, Hazlett talks about “bumper sticker ideology,” which he describes as the philosophical attempt by both liberals and conservatives in America to claim a moral high ground on policy issues without actually making a good faith effort to understand the other side’s position. He discusses various topics of the day, including Reagan’s presidency, the end of David Stockman’s political career, the famine in Ethiopia, U.S. military action in Lebanon and Grenada, the Cuban embargo, and South African apartheid.