Saturday, July 12, 2003

Today on Crooked Timber

An analysis of the philosophical incoherance of the Cato Institute's index of economic freedom. In particular, they point out that two of the Institute's five categories (legal protection of property rights and "sound money") are positive rather than negative liberties - things the government provides so you can actually use your freedom - and that this reduces the whole index to measuring "what rich people need to enjoy their money".

(Needless to say, it's also a big "oops" for people who normally claim that the only real liberties are negative ones, and that positive liberty is the gateway to tyranny.)