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While I agree with the bulk of what the author's saying here, this struck me as an unfair statement:
>Now it just so happens that within the past decade or so the United States has, in effect, run two experiments — one in Iraq, the other in Libya — to test whether the theory of spontaneous order works out as the libertarian tradition would predict.
That wasn't an experiment in spontaneous order as described by Smith or the 'libertarian tradition.' It was an experiment in what happens when a power vacuum is suddenly created in a volatile political environment.
As a researcher I've been on teams depending on grant funding, but I've never been a PI so my experience is pretty limited, but what I do know is that you need to be prepared for quite a bit of red tape. Deadlines for action on the part of the grant awarder are more like guidelines. Good scores don't necessarily mean you'll get funded, but they are a good sign. Apply often and be very descriptive!
Does this strike anyone else as easy and shallow criticism? We're supposed to be surprised that America has turned on a former child star, and that a fresh face in the scene is still unimpeachable? Low-hanging jokes like this one undermine her point too:
| hipsters tossed it out faster than an empty can of ironically-quaffed Pabst
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I found this paragraph and its explanation particularly insightful:
"When an American says “freedom”, what we have in mind is autonomy and mobility. That’s why we love the “auto-mobile”. We stole the German internal combustion engine because we were ready for it and you weren’t. We created the first car culture in the world. You created the Autobahn, but we had the cars. So, “autonomy” and “mobility”. Our parents teach us when we’re very little, you need to be self-sufficient. The government is not going to take care of you, your neighbors may show some charity, but don’t depend on them. You are on your own, you’re responsible for your life, you’re going to learn to swim or sink, and never blame someone else for your life, your life is your destiny, you’re in charge, take control of your life. Be an island, be self-sufficient, be independent, be autonomous, be mobile, be the cowboy on the horse – now, the kid in the car. No continental parent teaches you this. They teach you that “freedom” is the quality of your relationships, your access to communities. To the extent that you have access, you have community, you have quality of relationships, you can blossom, you can flourish, you have opportunity, you have choices."
I've heard these differing ideas of freedom succinctly described as 'freedom from. X' vs. 'freedom to. Y.' It's a useful way to think about it.