Wilkinson on Libertarianism and Sexism

Posted on February 24, 2011 by


Will Wilkinson’s response to Bryan Caplan’s call for examples of the “libertarian penumbra,” or views held by many libertarians which have little to do with liberty, is on the money:

I’ll add patriotism and an inclination to traffic in bullshit evolutionary psych just-so stories, especially the bullshit just-so stories that rationalize sexist norms. I thought about mentioning blindness to the liberty-limiting aspects of structural discrimination, but this seems more like incoherence in the libertarian core, not non-liberty-related libertarian conventional wisdom.