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Rodrik, Defining Libertarians, Afghan Tribes, Finding Coffee in New York

Links for Friday:

Dani Rodrik gets way too excited about changing IMF views on capital controls.

Will Wilkinson: libertarians are liberals who like markets.

The NYT again tries tribal analysis in Afghanistan: did they get it wrong again?

Bonus non-development link: where to find the best coffee in New York

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  1. Samuelson liked to say that you could arrive at libertarianism by starting with liberalism and taking the limit as common sense went to zero. Samuelson’s quip is probably an adaptation of “an anarchist is merely the limiting case of a liberal individualist whose commonsense has become infinitesimal” [Gray, Alexander. 1968. The Socialist Tradition: Moses to Lenin. New York: Harper, p. 246]

    Posted March 13, 2010 at 3:29 pm | Permalink
  2. Michael M. Butler wrote:

    Mr. Ellerman: Consider that if you factor in Harvey Pekar’s trenchant epigram: “Average? Hey, man, average is stupid”, then maybe common sense going to zero is an improvement on at least some intellectual axis.

    Posted March 14, 2010 at 5:52 am | Permalink