Is our
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Is our "real" constitution pro-liberty?

My main reason for reading Politics of Liberty in England and Revolutionary America, by Lee Ward, was to understand how

Did the framers of the U.S. Constitution intend it to protect liberty?
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Did the framers of the U.S. Constitution intend it to protect liberty?

A week ago my answer would have been along the lines that while I could not claim any expertise in

How did the culture of growth evolve?
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How did the culture of growth evolve?

There can be little doubt that a change in attitude toward nature and the ability to harness it to human

How can we measure human flourishing?
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How can we measure human flourishing?

This graph suggests that, at a national level, three quite different indicators of human flourishing tell a similar story about

Why has Australia prospered much more than Argentina?
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Why has Australia prospered much more than Argentina?

In the first half of the 19th Century the Australian and Argentinian economies were similar in many respects. Both countries

Is economics becoming a branch of psychology?
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Is economics becoming a branch of psychology?

I began pondering this question while reading Misbehaving, Richard Thaler’s entertaining and somewhat triumphalist account of his career in helping

Will machine intelligence threaten life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness?
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Will machine intelligence threaten life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness?

This post has nothing to do with the influence of political party machines on current election campaigns. As some readers

How do people living in the modern world get happiness all wrong?
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How do people living in the modern world get happiness all wrong?

Leah Goldrick provides her answer in this guest post, which is a slightly modified version of an article originally published

What did Australian soldiers on the Western Front write home about?
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What did Australian soldiers on the Western Front write home about?

A century ago Australian soldiers were in France and Belgium fighting on the Western Front. It is worth remembering that

How can we know what we ought to do?
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How can we know what we ought to do?

Dear readers, I would like you to consider a particular approach to the question of how we can know what