Libertarianism is a systematic political philosophy with a sub-branch of it being economics _science_. To think it is just about being hip with the young kids is a mistake that too many middle-aged decision makers within the “movement” have been willing to make the past few years. Bad thinking needs to be exposed. And the young crowd needs to learn that in things science, there should be a penalty for wrong thinking. Look at Jonathan Rauch’s Kindly Inquisitors — science should hurt. Our effort to eliminate the critical edge from science is all part of the production of a nation of whimps — everyone gets a gold star for trying and nobody gets cut from the team, and every argument has a virtue to it because Johnny or Jayney said it. None of that works to improve performance — in this case performance with respect to thinking. — Peter Boettke

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Science Should Hurt

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