Category Archives: Philosophy

Boettke on Hayek’s legacy part 2

The third tension that Boettke identified in the final chapter on The Hayekian Legacy is between moral intuitions and moral demands. This is one of the topics that Boettke would like to see pursued to realise the potential of the … Continue reading

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Boettke on Hayek and the reconstruction of the liberal project

Moving on to Chapter 10 in Boettke on Hayek. After the war Hayek convened a meeting with a group that became the Mont Pelerin Society. The aim was to keep the ideas and institutions of democratic capitalism of alive and … Continue reading

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Peter Boettke on F A Hayek

Peter Boettke is a prolific writer and a Professor of Economics and Philosophy at the George Mason University at Fairfax, Virginia. He was elected President of the Mont Pelerin Society for 2016-2018. He has written a major work on the … Continue reading

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Jordan Peterson trashes the left once again

Jordan Peterson strikes fear into the heart of the left [I know, big assumption there]. He has found a way round their gatekeepers and is laying havoc wherever he can. THE LEFT IS ACTUALLY AFRAID OF JORDAN PETERSON BECAUSE HE’S … Continue reading

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A reading list of original and influential liberal thinkers

This just arrived in my inbox and may be of interest. The question asked is, in effect, who among the great liberal philosophers should be included in a course on Western Civilisation. Dear colleagues and friends,   For the 175th … Continue reading

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Happy birthday Karl!

Karl Popper was born July 28 1902, it was yesterday on our calendar but I only remembered when someone in the US put birthday greetings on the Facebook Critical Rationalism page. He was born in Vienna and went to NZ … Continue reading

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It’s no joke

From Paul Johnson’s wonderful Humourists: From Hogarth to Noël Coward. Having now flown from Budapest to London, where I finished the book on the flight, I find it both eerie and appropriate that this is how Johnson’s book ends. In … Continue reading

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Rule of law or majoritarianism

So we propagandise ourselves all the time. One powerful piece of propaganda is that we live under the rule of law and not the rule of men.* Sometimes, however, that argument becomes somewhat threadbare.  Take the case of Trump v … Continue reading

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David Leyonhjelm on libertarianism and optimism

When I became the first overt libertarian to be elected to the Australian Senate in 2013, I thought I would use my maiden speech to try and sum up my world view. In this speech, I outlined why I believe … Continue reading

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You wish he were long forgotten but going stronger than ever

Born 200 years ago today Karl Marx in 1875 Born 5 May 1818 Trier, Kingdom of Prussia Died 14 March 1883 (aged 64) London, England, UK Resting place Tomb of Karl Marx, Highgate Cemetery, London, England, UK Residence Germany, France, Belgium, UK Nationality Stateless after 1845 Spouse(s) … Continue reading

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