The Debt Dialogues [Episode 44]: Peter Schwartz on Paternalism

The Debt Dialogues is a weekly podcast that aims to educate young people about the welfare state and how it will affect their future. In this episode, I interview ARI distinguished fellow Peter Schwartz on paternalism, altruism, and the welfare state. Topics include:

  • The key flaw in paternalist arguments for the welfare state
  • The relationship between paternalism and altruism
  • What’s wrong with studies that allegedly prove that human beings are inherently irrational

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