December 27

21st Century Living

Thursday’s Big Idea

Today's Big Idea: Libertarian Paternalism

How do promote good behavior and stigmatize bad behavior without resorting to the heavy hand of government regulation?

The legal scholar Cass Sunstein has reformulated the idea of regulation as such: the government should present individuals, who are often irrational agents, with a series of choices that are framed in a way to "nudge" them to make decisions that will benefit society.

So how can the debate over gun violence -- which is not limited to gun possession but also involves a complex set of behaviors -- be informed by this idea of libertarian paternalism? Even if Congress passes stricter gun laws, our culture will need to change if we want to see less violence and intervene to curtail the behavior of certain individuals. 

 

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    Can Libertarian Paternalism Change Our Gun Culture?

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    Substituting Prices for Principles in the Gun Debate

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