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Bill Glod joins us on this week’s episode of Free Thoughts for a discussion on so‐​called libertarian paternalism.

Aaron Ross Powell
Director and Editor
Trevor Burrus
Research Fellow, Constitutional Studies

Bill Glod is the philosophy progams officer at the Institute for Humane Studies. He received his PhD in Philosophy from Tulane University in 2008. His main research interests are Political Philosophy and Ethics, particularly public reason liberalism and legal paternalism.

What is libertarian paternalism? Is paternalism without coercion even possible? Does it work? Can we trust those who are in charge of creating good “choice architecture” to be better at their jobs than any typical bureaucrat? How do we know what someone’s “true preferences” are? And don’t these sort of “nudges” strip people of their agency?

Show Notes and Further Reading

Cass Sunstein and Richard Thaler, Nudge: Improving Decisions About Health, Wealth, and Happiness (book)

Bill Glod, The Limits of Libertarian Paternalism (interview with Glen Whitman)

Slippery Slopes and the New Paternalism (Cato Unbound Series)