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Remark of the Week

Posted by erweinstein on February 22, 2009

This week’s Remark of the Week is from Mark Thompson:

By treating any and all social safety nets as irreversible steps on the Road to Serfdom, we [libertarians] allow liberals and progressives to shape those policies in ways that are inefficient, ineffective, and overbroad – even though Adam Smith, Hayek himself, and Friedman each advocated for a form of social safety net, demonstrating that social safety nets can be consistent with libertarianism.

Part of a continuing conversation about the future of libertarianism that includes, among others, Virginia PostrelWill Wilkinson and Ross Douthat.

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