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Jeremy’s Blogiversary Reflection

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I once claimed on this blog that “the libertarian moment is here to stay.”  Boy, was I wrong. The rising arc of a Progressive-Libertarian alliance that Sebastian and I hoped for has been… Continue reading

Self-Organization and Politics: Hayek and “Health” Economics

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  Friedrich Hayek first began writing about economic self-organization in the early 20th century, before there was a cohesive science of complexity.  His writings paint a picture of economic life teeming with complex… Continue reading

The “Libertarian Moment” is Here to Stay

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Last year the New York Times Magazine noted the ascendance of libertarian-ish Republican senator Rand Paul and asked whether America’s “libertarian moment” had finally arrived.  Now, again using Rand Paul as a focal… Continue reading

Will the NSA-collection provisions of the Patriot Act expire tonight?

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The US Senate has convened for a rare Sunday session for the purpose of holding debate on extension of parts of the Patriot Act relating to NSA surveillance.  Those parts will sunset and expire at… Continue reading

Rand Paul sorta-kinda filibusters Renewal of Patriot Act (LIVE updates)

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I’ve just taken the senate floor to begin a filibuster of the Patriot Act renewal. It’s time to end the NSA spying! — Dr. Rand Paul (@RandPaul) May 20, 2015 Senator Rand Paul… Continue reading

The Uncanny Valley of Regulation – Departing from Graeber’s Utopia of Rules

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Anthropologist David Graeber has released a new book titled The Utopia of Rules, which is largely a collection of previous essays, loosely compiled around a favorite topic of ours here at Unfettered Equality: … Continue reading

Occupational Licensing — Neither Free nor Just

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Occupational licensing is a favorite libertarian punching bag.  In certain cases, licensing boards seem to exist solely to protect the interests of the powerful – existing largely to erect barriers to entry that… Continue reading

Libertarian Perspectives on Basic Income

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Basic Income – or Guaranteed Income, or Minimum Income, or what have you – is a policy that would provide a uniform minimum income to all citizens of a nation.  It is not… Continue reading

Point/Counterpoint: Rand Paul, Death, and Taxes

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Kentucky Senator Rand Paul has been criticized by progressive commentators over the past weeks for his remarks on the Eric Garner case, who was choked to death by police in New York City… Continue reading