Consequentialism And Utilitarianism
From Critiques Of Libertarianism
Much libertarianism is deontological, based on moral rules such as "don't initiate force". This leads to many results that seem illogical or intuitively wrong.
A few libertarians such as David Friedman prefer consequentialism.
- Existential Comics 259: A Dialogue on Freedom [More...]
- An Existential Comics explanation of how Robert Nozick's criticism of Utilitarianism hoists him by his own petard. A good criticism of oppression of non-owners, but misses the fact that corporations are real-world immortal "freedom monsters". Both monsters are unrealistic in that they differ strongly from (are unequal to) rather equal humans. "Realistic" philosophy would concern itself with the rather equal humans.
- The Consequentalism FAQ [More...]
- Scott Alexander Siskind's very quick introduction to consequentialism and why you should believe it. Plus a brief introduction to utilitarianism as an important form of consequentialism.
I have heard a lot of people who call themselves "libertarians" say and sagely nod at others’ saying that utility derived from satisfying a taste for discrimination is a proper thing to include in a social welfare function—and they are often the same people who are outraged at counting utility from redistribution, envy, or theft.
Brad DeLong, "A Lazy New Year's Eve Morn on Twitter..."