What Are Cowenian Rights?
By Bryan Caplan
Negative theology tells us what God is not, but refuses to say what God is. In his post on “The Politics of Science Fiction,” Tyler Cowen embraces Negative Political Philosophy. He tells us what rights we don’t have, but remains silent about his actual position:
The reality is that when it comes to the future,
we can “see around the corner” only to a limited degree. The upshot is
that the rights of the individual — when applicable — should remain paramount,
and no I don’t mean Caplanian libertarian rights. You can only rarely be
sure you will get such a great gain from violating rights, so why not do the
right thing instead? Science fiction inhabits the realm of fiction precisely because the building of
grand scenarios is denied to us, for the most part.
Consider this a nudge to Tyler to spell out his actual view.