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The Jews and Capitalism

The always provocative Walter Block’s rumination from a few years back in Psychology Today on a species of what I term the “dhimmi” Jew. This is also related to what Gad Saad has termed as Ostrich Parasitic Syndrome. Bosch FawstincapitalismFriedrich HayekJewsOstrich Parasitic Syndromeregressive leftRobert Nozickwalter block

Anarchy, State, and Utopia: Critical Exposition

Below is an extract (the first section of Chapter 2) of Ralf Bader’s most excellent and crisp Robert Nozick (pp. 10-14). Famously, Nozick begins his book Anarchy, State, and Utopia with the claim: ‘Individuals have rights, and there are things no person or group may do to them (without violating their rights)’ (p. ix). This claim…

Why Do Intellectuals Oppose Capitalism?

Still on Nozick and perhaps somewhat of a companion piece to Williams’ essay On Hating and Despising Philosophy. Though this Nozick essay is very well-known engagement with it tends to be primarily in the service of ideological cherry-pickers or scornful silence from its targets. Originally published in Cato Policy Report January/February 1998 and reprinted with some amendments…

Nozick and Feuerbach on Eating

As improbable a pairing as one can find, Nozick’s essay reminded me of Feuerbach’s The Essence of Christianity (see extract after Nozick). ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Robert Nozick "The Holiness of Everyday Life" in The Examined Life (1989, chapter 6, pp. 55-60). EACH AND EVERY portion of reality, the Transcendentalists said, when viewed and experienced properly, stands for and…

Nozick’s last interview?

Julian Sanchez interviews the great man. And in the spring, I’m giving a course jointly with a professor in the Slavic Languages department on Dostoyevsky and his philosophical ideas, and the difference that is made when philosophical ideas are presented in works of fiction rather than in discursive prose. It’s the difference between people who…