Daniel B. Klein’s think tank tour

The other day I came across an event “Allegory and Political Economy” at the IEA. Usually I try to post details of events one or two weeks ahead of the date, but I paused before posting this one because, to be frank, I wasn’t sure what on earth it’s about.

To be honest, I am still somewhat uncertain, but going by Sam Bowman’s review of his book, it seems to be about, mostly, the intellectual basis upon which we can look at the world and come up with an argument that justifies libertarianism. Klein beleives that his method, rather than other methods, of approaching an analysis of the world leads to a more robust defence of liberty than other peoples.

Also of interest is Klein’s appearance at the ASI called “Mere Libertarianism” in which we are promised a “clear, versatile, and durable definition” of the movement. Perhaps, if we had such a definition we might stop arguing about who is really a libertarian and who is libertarian enough to be welcome inside our tent, though I do worry that perhaps that might mean leaving the tent empty.

If none of this is enough to bring you into town, perhaps you might enjoy an interview on EconTalk which promises to cover some of the same ground. Personally, since the MP3 is an hour long I reckon I might just pop along to one of his talks. If you’d like to join me then the IEA talk is on the evening of 19th March and the ASI lunch is on the 20th.

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