Obesity remains a serious health problem and it is no secret that many people want to lose weight. Behavioral economists typically argue that “nudges” help individuals with various decisionmaking flaws to live longer, healthier, and better lives. In an article in the new issue of Regulation, Michael L. Marlow discusses how nudging by government differs from nudging by markets, and explains why market nudging is the more promising avenue for helping citizens to lose weight.
In Bootleggers & Baptists: How Economic Forces and Moral Persuasion Interact to Shape Regulatory Politics, economists Bruce Yandle and Adam Smith explain how money and morality are often combined in politics to produce arbitrary regulations benefiting cronies, while constraining productive economic activities by the general public.
Thomas Szasz is a pioneering critic of the psychiatric establishment and a leading libertarian thinker. His many books include <em>The Myth of Mental Illness</em>, <em>Ceremonial Chemistry: The Ritual Persecution of Drugs</em>, <em>Addicts, and Pushers, and The Therapeutic State</em>. In this lecture he will draw on his most recent book, <em>Liberation by Oppression: A Comparative Study of Slavery and Psychiatry</em>, and his work in progress, <em>Faith in Freedom: Libertarian Principles and Psychiatric Practices</em>, to argue that the greatest and most immediate domestic threat to individual liberty is psychiatry. He will show why this is the case, discuss how this situation came into being, and consider the diverse libertarian responses to it.