Thinking about Property Rights Can Solve This

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The public debate in America over access to public restrooms by transgendered people has largely been dominated by vague claims for morality, justice and fairness. The situation was further complicated by the Justice Department’s decision to send a Mafioso-style letter to public school districts to adopt policies allowing transgendered individuals to use bathrooms of their choosing or lose federal funding. It’s a deal they shouldn’t refuse. 

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Risk, Liberty, and Drugs: A Response to Theodore Dalrymple

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Theodore Dalrymple’s provocative four posts outlining a case against the legalization of drugs provide an interesting contrast to the contemporary momentum in the Western world today toward relaxing prohibitions on substances long deemed too dangerous for public consumption. 

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Friday Roundup, January 24th

Don't miss this month's Liberty Law Forum on the Constitution's structural limitations of power and the Bill of Rights: Contributions from Patrick Garry, Ed Erler, Michael Ramsey, and Kenneth Bowling. How should contemporary defenders of limited government and the rule of law understand and learn from the New Deal's revolutionary movement? The current Liberty Law Talk with Gordon Lloyd, co-author with David Davenport of The New Deal & Modern American Conservatism, discusses this question. Liberty Law Reviews: William Atto on Scott Berg's Wilson:  In 1879 . . . he published his essay “Cabinet Government in the United States,” in the International Review. Clearly…

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Coase and The World that Was

While it was sad to hear of the passing of Ronald Coase, what joy to reflect on one of the great scholarly lives.  Coase was still able to publish a book at the age of 101, 75 years after writing his classic article on the nature of the firm.  Amazing!

In reflecting and reviewing materials on Coase’s life, I was struck by how things seemed different 50 years ago.  First, there is the story of how Coase (and Buchanan and Tullock) were chased away from the University of Virginia Economics Department because of opposition to their market thinking.  This story needs to be better known than it is.  The Department lost two Nobel laureates and a third scholar who deserved it — a high price for ideological prejudice.   I wonder if that Department is happy now about its scheme.  (I thought there was also a charitable foundation involved in this scheme, but perhaps I am misremembering the story.)

These days there is certainly political prejudice against right wing views, but markets views are much less opposed than they used to be.  Now, it is some right wing views on social issues that draw the strongest ire.

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Friday Roundup, March 1

So What is Marriage? That's the question I take up with Ryan Anderson, editor of Public Discourse and William Simon Fellow at the Heritage Foundation, in the current Liberty Law Talk. A Pathology of Democracy: Darío Fernández Morera's review of Kenneth Minogue's The Servile Mind: How Democracy Erodes the Moral Life diagnoses western democracy's obsession with equality: Wisely, democratic governments and their intelligentsia find an inexhaustible supply of inequalities whose elimination, which is a never ending task, makes the servile mind happy, and in exchange for which open-ended elimination it accepts new forms of servility.  Hence the interminable series of “gaps” noticed…

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