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Jason Kuznicki

Jason Kuznicki is a research fellow at the Cato Institute and contributor of Cato Unbound. He's on twitter as JasonKuznicki. His interests include political theory and history.

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  1. Avatar Freddie says:

    I take it as a reminder that while philosophy may be a tyrant, she is a tyrant with short, pudgy little arms.

    But, nevertheless, she is a tyrant who holds the entire edifice of human cognition. You can’t get outside of philosophy when you are engaging the mind. People try to, and they claim to have succeeded, but whenever you really start to poke around, their understanding rests in assumptions and ideas that constitute a philosophy.Report

    • Avatar Jason Kuznicki in reply to Freddie says:

      I disagree less than you probably imagine. I came to Goldstone’s book thinking that ideas were all that mattered, ever, as the fundamental forces of history. I left unsure of myself. In that respect it was hugely influential.Report

      • Oh, I’m getting credentialed as a quantitative researcher myself, so it’s not like I’m out to bash quant. Just that, try as we might, we can’t actually make any statements about numbers at all (even on the order of what they “mean”) without some minimal philosophical framework. The old saw is that Bertrand Russell nearly drove himself mad trying to do just that, but that’s mostly myth, I’d wager.Report

  2. Avatar Koz says:

    No one imagined how decentralized we would be in 2010. We were blindsided by a mostly libertarian, decentralizing technological revolution. This is a tremendously good thing. Most predictors were pessimists, and they were mostly wrong.

    This is an excellent point. And while I’m all health care, all the time, let’s note that our new health care law is borne of the mentality that the future is a scary thing and we need a cabal of managers to protect us. This mentality is forgivable to the extent that the world really is a scary place. But it’s still misguided. Whatever problems there are, we’re far better off handling ourselves. The idea that the cabal of managers can protect is fool’s gold.Report

  3. Avatar Richard Lorenc says:

    A wonderful list, Jason.Report

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