Can You Love Free Markets and the Poor?
Friday, March 25, 2011
Forbes.com -- Libertarians are sometimes derided as “Republicans who want to smoke pot.” Some of us object strenuously as we part ways with Republicans on many issues, we don’t smoke pot, or both. Libertarians expressing concern about issues usually associated with the left are met with skepticism far too often, almost as if zeal for free markets and compassion for the poor are mutually exclusive.
Last week’s column elicited a thoughtful comment from University of San Diego philosopher Matt Zwolinski at the Bleeding Heart Libertarians blog that inspired me. Professor Zwolinski agreed with what I had to say but pointed out that the way a lot of economic arguments are presented might lead readers to be suspicious of our professed concern for the poor. (Full Story)