Freedom and Flourishing

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Blog Tags:liberty, happiness, well-being, utility, flourishing, self-actualization, economics, institutions, ethics
Country:Australia

This blog explores links between freedom (liberty) and human flourishing



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Chapter 8 of my book Free to Flourish, published in 2012, is entitled “The Greatest Threat to Progress”.The concluding paragraph of that chapter now seems like an exercise in wishful thinking:“There is an urgent need for innovations to promote...

The chart shows that those OECD countries with the greatest burden of debt servicing a decade ago have subsequently had the lowest growth in government spending. It isn’t hard to understand how that might happen when we think about the consequences...

As noted in my review of The Community of Advantage, Robert Sugden suggests that it is appropriate for people to adopt the principle of mutual benfit in participating in voluntary interactions with others. The principle requires individuals to meet n...

Cartoon by Peter Nicholson: www.nicholsoncartoons.com.auRobert Sugden explains his use of the term ‘contractarian’ thus: “the most fundamental characteristic of this perspective is that a recommendation is addressed to a set of individuals...

In The Community of Advantage, which I reviewed in my last post, Robert Sugden observes that when individuals participate in market transactions it is possible for them to be motivated by mutual benefit, rather than personal benefit or even by the po...

When I was at university studying neoclassical welfare economics - about half a century ago - the standard discussion of the benefits and limitations of free markets began with a demonstration that, under certain assumptions, individuals with stable...

This question came to mind when I was reading the final chapter of Martin Seligman’s latest book, The Hope Circuit. The book is an autobiography, but in discussing his own life the author provides readers who have little knowledge of psychology, pe...