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Norm failure

I have previously posted elsewhere about how similar the failures in indigenous policy and development (particularly foreign aid) policy have been. Remarkably similar, indeed. They also show some distinct similarities to the more unfortunate effects of welfare provision. (By ‘welfare provision’ I do not mean the aged pension or health or education services; I am talking […]

Enforcing filial piety via legislation

(from Wikimedia Commons) According to Confucian ideals, filial piety is the ultimate value. Hence, it permeates many Asian societies. There is notionally no need for the state to provide for care for the elderly, because the children will look after their parents in their old age. The rather creepy statue above depicts Japanese man Ryochi […]

Brother Number One Says Markets Make Great Prosperity!

Over at Catallaxy, Sinclair has a very thought-provoking and chewy post on states that are economically capitalist but politically illiberal (to greater or lesser degrees). He asks whether those states will one day move beyond their illiberality, or whether they can remain illiberal while enshrining many of the things that make political liberalism possible: secure […]