Is gender equality driving down the price of sex? Women trade sex for resources, argues psychologist Roy Baumeister. "Historically, women have restricted each other’s sexuality in order to make the price of sex high".
Freedom & fidelity: At Tiger Beatdown, Flavia Dzodan wonders: "can cheating, for a woman, ever be an act of liberating, or dare I say it, empowering rebellion?"
Economics as a branch of moral philosophy: "Utilitarians are supposed to maximise the good, not good intentions; which makes inefficiency a kind of vice", says the Philosopher’s Beard. Being a good utilitarian means taking advantage of the analytic tools of economics.
Left-wing hypocrisy on immigration? Also at the Philosopher’s Beard; without immigration controls the welfare state would collapse. Conservative opposition to immigration "allows liberals to get away with the hypocrisy of depending on immigration controls while pretending that they are against them."
Futile arguments about the definition of liberty: Libertarians generally define liberty as non-coercion. But they "rely on a tendentiously loaded conception of coercion that simply stipulates that commonsense forms of emotional, psychological, and social coercion aren’t really coercive in the relevant sense", says Will Wilkinson. And it’s not just libertarians who bend concepts to justify their preferred political arrangements.
Inequality and immortality: What happens to inequality when death becomes optional, wonders Robin Hanson. Not only would rich people have more time to accumulate wealth but the resulting inequality would have less to do with parental luck, and more to do with personal merit. Would that be good or bad?
New public management has been a disaster: "It is time to re-conceptualise public service goals as the outcome of social processes", argues Matthew Taylor at the RSA.
How Robert Putnam helped create the Tea Party: Without Meetup.com, the Tea Party might never have got off the ground. Putnam’s ideas inspired Scott Heiferman to create it, writes Henry Farrell.
The equalities industry: "Like the witch-finders of the seventeenth century, equalities campaigners increasingly find evidence of evil-doing where the rest of us didn’t even realise we had a problem", writes ‘bad’ Peter Saunders.