Philosophy professor at William & Mary. Author of Why It’s OK to Ignore Politics. Open borders, libertarianism, neoliberalism, effective altruism, memes

Virginia, USA
Joined July 2021
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Bertrand Russell’s abominable endorsement of eugenics is ignored far too often
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FDR, Keynes, and Rawls all supported eugenics
History has accurately recorded that the liberals of every era were morally ahead of their time, and that the conservatives of every era were the villains. History just doesn’t identify them as liberals and conservatives, so as not to hurt the feelings of today’s conservatives.
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“Capitalism hasn’t reduced poverty quickly enough.” “Compared to what?” “A fictional socialism that I speculate can do it faster.” Same energy as: “Usain Bolt doesn’t run 100m quickly enough.” “Compared to whom?” “A fictional runner that I speculate could do it faster.”
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Way too many arguments for socialism involve comparing real-world capitalism to idealized, fictional socialism
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The share of the world population living in poverty has declined regardless of the threshold one uses
Boosters of the capitalist system love pointing to statistics suggesting stunning progress in eradicating global poverty. But those metrics set the bar pathetically low — and don’t account for the obscene explosion in global inequality. jacobin.com/2022/09/capitali…
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“I want effective climate policy but in the meantime I’ll drive a gas guzzler.” “Seems hypocritical.” “I want my taxes to be higher but in the meantime I won’t donate my excess income.” “That’s fair—poverty is a structural problem and donating only alleviates the symptoms.”
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Competition isn’t antithetical to camaraderie
Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal in tears next to one another 😭❤️
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Anti-immigration “libertarians” selectively invoke worries about the dangers of radical change—they claim to be concerned about the unforeseen consequences of opening the border but not allowing heroin on the shelves of Walgreens
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Divergence between carbon emissions and economic growth. By the excellent @jburnmurdoch
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“I’m not against marijuana use; I’m against *illegal* marijuana use,” said no libertarian ever
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I have a joke about food in communist regimes, but most people won’t get it
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Chris Freiman retweeted
Karl Marx was an infrequently cited author during his lifetime and for over 3 decades after his death. One event took him mainstream though: the Soviet revolution of 1917, carried out by his followers using his name.
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Replying to @cafreiman
It could also be argued (as @AustrianEn has) that in a country with an aging population and slowing birth rate, the welfare state cannot be maintained without immigration.
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Since people are talking about how to increase the supply of doctors, here’s a suggestion
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