Teaching Economics to Liberals...because somebody has to do it.
The quickest way to reveal somebody's understanding of economics is to ask them what would happen if we gave taxpayers the freedom to choose which government organizations they gave their taxes to. Their response will reveal whether they understand Bastiat's opportunity cost concept, Hayek's partial knowledge concept, Mises' human action concept and of course Smith's invisible hand concept.
Pragmatarianism is like libertarianism on Ritalin. It's all about ceteris paribus. It doesn't say anything about the tax rate...it doesn't say anything about the morality of taxes...it doesn't say anything about whether public education is a genuine public good or not. With laser light precision it focuses the debate simply by asking one question. All things being equal...what is the value of allowing 150 million of our most productive citizens to determine the distribution of public funds?
On this page...Unglamorous but Important Things...I've compiled 67 responses to pragmatarianism. If you read through those 67 responses you should be able to clearly see exactly what obstacle libertarianism is up against. That obstacle is economic ignorance.
Your mission, should you choose to accept, is to help me use pragmatarianism to combat economic ignorance.