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Pierre Lemieux

The Vacuity of the Political "We"

Pierre Lemieux
October 6, 2014

Individualists tend to be skeptical of use of the word "we" in political discourse. It turns out that there's good reason for this skepticism, as economist Pierre Lemieux shows. Moreover, notes Lemieux, solid criticisms of the political "we" were advanced by three economists, two of whom, Paul Samuelson and Kenneth Arrow, are not known for their attachment to individualism. It's time to throw the political "we" into the dustbin of history.
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Arnold Kling

The Possibility of Anarchy

Arnold Kling
October 6, 2014
Arnold Kling remarks on Peter Leeson's "Anarchy Unbound" this month on Econlib. He considers the relationship between the quality of government institutions and institutions that can substitute for government, as well as the influence of a nation's culture on both.
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FEATURED COLUMNS

AN ECONOMIST LOOKS AT EUROPE

Pedro Schwartz

From the Edge of China

Pedro Schwartz
October 6, 2014
This month, Pedro Schwartz reflects on two trips to Hong Kong for meetings of the Mont Pelerin Society. How have his hopes for the future of this city--a capitalist wonder--fared between 1978 and today? How has the handover to the Chinese changed the Hong Kong he saw between his visits? We are also pleased to note that Pedro Schwartz, our longstanding columnist, is the newly elected President of the Mont Pelerin Society.
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THINKING STRAIGHT

Anthony de Jasay

How Many Cheers for Classical Liberalism?

Anthony de Jasay
October 6, 2014
Anthony de Jasay writes, 'In his justly famous essay, Two Cheers for Democracy (1951), E. M. Forster has withheld from it his full approval. He was not ungenerous. Hindsight since he wrote shows some of the depressing results of confidently putting democratic principle in practice.' Read on.
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