Pamela Hobart reviews William Irwin’s book The Free Market Existentialist: Capitalism without Consumerism.
Pamela J. Hobart
Pamela J. Hobart studied philosophy and education at the doctoral level at Columbia University’s Teachers College, and she holds a B.A. magna cum laude in philosophy from Georgia State University. From 2012 to 2014, Pamela served as the K-12 Education Program Officer for the Institute of Humane Studies at George Mason University. Her research interests include virtue ethics, social norms, character education, homeschooling/unschooling, and the epistemology of reasonable disagreement, and she lives in New York City.
There’s nothing inherently wrong with mixing our social lives with business. The devil’s in the details.
Is capitalism giving us anxiety? And are businesses adding insult to injury by profiting from it?
When it comes to creating innovative new products and allocating resources for maintainence, there’s no reason to think central planners will outperform markets.
In societies without large disparities in sociopolitical power, the egalitarian balance is often maintained through purposive action.
Libertarians needn’t resort to hypothetical examples of extremely unusual people to defend individual autonomy, argues Hobart.
A no-holds-barred libertarian political order would benefit everyone, not only those born with exceptional self-control.
Some of the libertarian gender gap can be attributed to sociological factors, but substantive policy disagreements must not be dismissed.
Doctors using telepresence robots can help distant patients while improving quality of care, but is that the real motivation?
By reducing transaction costs, the economy of the future will decentralize workplaces and transform ownership of consumer goods.
When it comes to surrogacy, libertarians and communists may be able to agree more than you might think.
By moving beyond a basic understanding of correlation & causation, we, & the AI systems we design, can better understand why things happen.
Contrary to the fears of cultural critics, the rise of digitization has transformed film, music, books, & television for the better.
The real population crisis confronting the world is depopulation, not overpopulation. A Review of Darrell Bricker and John Ibbitson’s Empty Planet.
What’s the libertarian lesson of the “ice bucket challenge?” Trust people to direct their charitable donations, even when they might make poor decisions.
Refraining from discussing “taxpayers” and “my tax dollars” does nothing to resolve deep disputes that leave some public expenditures in serious moral question.
Currie-Knight’s study of libertarian views on education shows that there has never been ‘a’ libertarian approach to school choice.
Does piracy have a catastrophic effect on how music, movies, and books are distributed?