“Libertarian” Paternalism?

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

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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)