Ideas breves y variadas


Arnold Kling sobre el altruismo, un tema tratado alguna vez por aquí: (Vía Intelib)

Altruism is doing things with the intention of benefiting others, at some cost to ourselves. Ayn Rand is one of the few thinkers that comes to mind who actually opposes the altruism principle. I feel more positively about altruism, but I would say to beware of the tendency of some people to glorify altruism in order to manipulate others into being altruistic.

Not every action undertaken on the basis of the altruism principle is a success. Following the principle of altruism works well for families and other small groups. As we get farther away from people, our ability to actually benefit others through altruistic action tends to decline quite a bit.

Peter Boettke sobre la elección:

choice is always within a context, and it is always filtered through individual human minds (with the corresponding preferences, ideologies, mental frames of reference, etc.)… we are rational choosers, but humanly rational choosers, not robots.  Context matters.  Subjective perceptions matter

Peter Boettke again sobre la “robust political economy” y su mix entre la teoría austriaca y la public choice:

the Austrian critique of omniscience and the Public Choice critique of benevolence

Es decir, que Hayek y los austriacos proporcionan una teoría adecuada para analizar los problemas de información a los que se enfrenta todo planificador, mientras que los teóricos de la Public Choice con Buchanan a la cabeza proporcionan una teoría adecuada para analizar los problemas de incentivos de los planificadores y gobiernos. De ahí vendría el mix de Boettke.

Ludwig von Mises:

A world of the kind which the necessary requirements of neutral and stable money presuppose would be a world without action


It is reasonable to believe that workers would have more bargaining power if all corporate privilege were abolished and competition were truly unfettered. If talk of the corporate state and exploitation sounds left-wing, it’s only because laissez fairists seldom talk about those things.

But we should. They are our issues.