Cut the Budget: Apply Reynolds’ Law!

David French reflects on Reynolds’ Law (which I have discussed, and which Glenn Reynolds discussed on Tuesday) and its application to higher education: When you believe, simplistically, that college somehow equals success, then vacuuming more people into college just makes sense. Yet you’re vacuuming in real people, not stimulus-response lab rats. And many of these real people are quite unprepared for traditional workloads, unused to … Continue reading Cut the Budget: Apply Reynolds’ Law!

“To the Benefit of the Least Advantaged”

John Rawls contends that inequalities must be arranged so that they benefit the least advantaged members of society. There are real questions about the identity of the least advantaged; income maps tend to show that the least advantaged, in terms of income, are the residents of state mental hospitals. But put that aside. It’s commonly assumed that Rawls’s difference principle favors a European-style welfare state … Continue reading “To the Benefit of the Least Advantaged”

Milton Friedman Vindicated, Again

Milton Friedman remarked that it’s “just obvious” that one cannot have open borders and a welfare state. To show why, consider this British family, the parents of which immigrated from Pakistan: UNEMPLOYED scrounger Mohammed Salim is getting the state to pay for him, his wife and their ELEVEN kids—because he can’t be bothered to go to work. He quit his £27,000 [$52,968] job teaching maths … Continue reading Milton Friedman Vindicated, Again


G. A. Cohen presents two cases meant to illustrate points about distributive justice. (1) Tiny Tim is disabled. He nevertheless has a sunny disposition, sitting happily by the fire with his loving family. The family can’t afford a wheelchair. But Tiny Tim doesn’t mind. Still, a wheelchair would make it possible for him to function in many ways he can’t function otherwise. Would an ideal … Continue reading Entitlements