collection oF PAST ESSAYS
American citizens only give 0.01% of charitable donations to the government. If politicians spent taxpayers’ money as efficiently as they claimed, wouldn’t they be able to compete more successfully with private charities? What are the implications of your answer?
Governments do a lot of things, such as collecting taxes and drafting people into the military, that we would object to individuals doing. Can this be justified?
How much should we care about social cohesion?
What is the social efficient level of crime?
What are the most important economic effects - good and bad - of forced redistribution? How should this inform government policy?
What does economics tell us about the benefits and costs of immigration?What policy should we adopt?
How is the modern world different from previous periods of history and why did it come into existence when and where it did?
Is a strong state a prerequisite or an obstacle to economic growth?
According to Henry Kissinger 'those whose quest for [peace] seems unending appear less able to achieve [it].” Comment on this in light of events since 1945.
Isn't all reasoning (outside mathematics and formal logic) motivated reasoning?
According to evolutionary psychology, we are evolved to believe what is useful, whether or not it is also true. How can we resist the tendency to believe what is evolutionarily adaptive at the expense of truth? And would it increase or diminish human flourishing to do so?
What are the most important recently-acquired insights from neuroscience which have yet to be widely applied to education?
Many people have committed acts, execrated and deplored by others, in obedience to sincerely held beliefs. Can we reasonably ask anyone to do better than simply to obey his own conscience?
Is Islam a religion of peace?
What kind of God would create trillions of animals and permit a great many of them to die painful deaths? Should we worship such a God?
Does a law that prohibits the selling of sex protect or infringe women's rights?
Why is racial discrimination illegal on employment websites but not on social websites such as Facebook or Tinder?
Do the underlying principles of common law require that juries be informed about jury nullification?
Should computer generated child pornography be permitted?
Who should own your data? The companies with which you agree to share your data, everybody, just you, or nobody?
How socialist is Sweden?
Who was the best leader of all time?
2020 Third Prize