Wilkinson on Libertarianism and Sexism

Posted on February 24, 2011 by

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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.

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