Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Bleeding heart libertarianism

Will Wilkinson calls it "market liberalism" in this fine essay. I like "classical liberalism" the best but not everyone (well, actually, almost no one) knows what that means.

I am unusual in that it was Hayek, via Paul Heyne, my mentor in my undergraduate days at the University of Washington, that moved me from being a sort of technocrat Rockefeller Republican (remember those?) to being a classical liberal. I only read Ayn Rand later on and I had a negative reaction to her philosophy. Most fundamentally she confuses having an obligation to be kind to others with wanting to be kind to others.

Hat tip: marginal revolution