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Old 01-03-2012, 09:43 PM
ohreally ohreally is offline
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Default Re: Means and Ends (Joshua Cohen & Glenn Loury)

Originally Posted by whburgess View Post
In fact, federal control of education is contributing to an education system which, in its incompetence, is literally destroying people's lives, IMO.
Federal control of education? Which country are you talking about?

Originally Posted by whburgess View Post
... if she's afraid of getting fired over it, then she can get another job. She doesn't have a 'right' to any particular job.
No, you don't mean that. You mean she doesn't have a right to a certain work environment that's not detrimental to her as a woman. Hmm... In Dickens's era, 7-year old kids might put in 15 hours a day in a spinning mill. No one forced their parents to send their kids to work. What's wrong with that? I suppose you'll draw a line between child labor and exposing women at work to playboy centerfolds. But which Libertarian principle guides the line drawing? Ludwig von Mises would say none. Lew Rockwell would say the same. I assume our resident Libertarians would not go that far. But here's the rub. Libertarianism cannot compromise without selling out, something that Rawlsians are immune to (after all, reflective equilibrium is all about compromise). So Libertarians flaunt the purity of their dogma, and then sell out. That's why I call that ideology juvenile.
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