Why I am not a Bowmanite neoliberal, and why that doesn’t matter

Adam Smith Institute’s Executive Director, Sam Bowman recently wrote (well, a few weeks ago) a post explaining what neoliberalism, a label he applies to himself, is.

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Do communists know about communism?

If there is a group of people interested in communism that should be communists. But do they really know about communism? By this I don’t mean their proficiency in Marxism-Leninism or Historical Materialism, but about the economic history of actually existing communist (Okay, socialist in Marxist parlance) regimes. In this post, I investigate this.

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P-zombies do not imply physicalism is false

In a previous post I argued against Eliezer Yudkowsky, Robin Hanson, and others, that Philosophical zombies are conceivable. In this one I challenge the P-zombie argument against physicalism.

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The Soviet Union: Achieving full employment

[Part of the Soviet Union series]

The Soviet labour ‘market’ was a peculiar one. Rather than the prevalence of unemployment, as we are used to, the Soviet Union not only achieved full employment, but also got to a situation where there were shortages of labour, even though a significant share of the population was working. In this post I clarify what does full employment mean in the Soviet context, and explain some aspects of their labour ‘market’ not covered in my previous post on this topic. As usual, this post covers the post-Stalin era. [1]

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Polanyian Rhapsody, a bibliography

At some point I plan to read (some of) the references below. Feel free to suggest more in the comments. The general theme is Polanyi’s The Great Transformation and the decades-long conversation that it originated. In bold, references that I think are the most important, and some of which I’ve already read.

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Empirical questions at the root of ideological disagreements

There are a series of issues that, I think, heavily condition one’s political beliefs. They are empirically solvable, and this is good.

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P-zombies are still undead

Some people seem to have problems conceiving philosophical zombies. In this post, I try to show that they are conceivable. (And I only defend that claim) I am not endorsing any particular philosophy of mind here.

Note that according to the Philpapers survey, P-zombie inconceivability is the minority position.

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