In recent times, blogs and blog-like entities have proved one of the efficient methods of debating and advancing worldviews and debating concepts. Slate Star Codex, Andrew Sullivan’s The Dish, The Cash Phantasm, and Paul Graham’s essays are all influential examples. SSC launched a lot of the world to the rationalist motion and Efficient Altruism. The Dish was on the forefront of the mental case for homosexual marriage. With NGDP concentrating on, The Cash Phantasm efficiently articulated the case for enhancements in financial coverage. Paul Graham’s essays are a part of the mental firmament behind the explosion of startups over the previous 15 years. One may additionally look to Ben Thompson’s Stratechery, which popularized the subscription e-newsletter enterprise mannequin and offers a few of the highest tech trade commentary. There’s now a rising trade of impartial Substacks, with Invoice Bishop’s Sinocism an influential instance.
In 2020, there may be an undimmed want for brand new considering round how the beliefs of liberty and cause can greatest be utilized. You want barely scratch the floor in our prevailing ideologies to search out central questions nearly fully unaddressed.
Absolutely higher training is a vital society-wide purpose — however what’s the liberal treatment to the failure of our public establishments (like training and healthcare) to generate enhancements remotely commensurate with price will increase? Libertarianism stays a invaluable critique, however what’s a libertarian perspective on why the US can’t develop a COVID-19 vaccine extra shortly, or why US universities are so homogeneous and ideological? Conservatives could take exception on the excesses of the so-called social justice motion — however what’s a optimistic and correctly balanced concept for easy methods to proper numerous inefficient (and unjust) social wrongs? Advocates for the free market can be biased towards restrictions on cross-border commerce, however ought to Indonesia not conclude that industrial coverage was of excessive efficacy for a lot of nations in northeast Asia? These of a non-interventionist disposition could not fear an excessive amount of about Taiwan’s near-term safety, however wouldn’t it not be a mistake to neglect the likelihood that China’s rise could pose a rising menace to Taiwanese liberty?
It’s tempting to imagine that we should merely hew extra intently to the works of the greats. In nearer exegesis and extra devoted obeisance to our Bentham, our Mill, our Smith, our Marx, our Hayek, or our Friedman, we’ll discover the solutions that we search.
However there may be an alternate and extra interesting imaginative and prescient, specifically that we’d like new concepts, new syntheses, and new arguments. That mentioned, we’d like extra argumentation and exposition than you will discover on Twitter alone.
We subsequently invite submissions to a brand new weblog contest, as a part of Emergent Ventures (Mercatus Middle, George Mason College). Eligible entries:
– Are blogs or blog-like isomorphs. (Posts are moderately frequent; content material is freely obtainable and linkable; at the very least some posts are mini-essays. Substacks do rely, if freely obtainable, noting you aren’t prohibited from later turning them into profit-making ventures.)
– Began prior to now 12 months, or within the subsequent six months.
– Discover concepts related to liberty, prosperity, progress, and the foundations of a free society.
“Net 2.0” was a rough label utilized to a broad set of software program developments. In a equally incompletely outlined and unapologetic method, and in homage to the internet-native side of those blogs, winners shall be deemed Liberalism 2.Zero Fellows.
Inside six months, and fairly presumably sooner, an preliminary $100,000 prize can be awarded. 5 additional awards as much as or at a comparable stage can be potential if there are sufficient high-quality submissions (blogs began after this announcement are thus extra more likely to win the later awards, given the time to show excellence, although in precept eligible for the primary award too). To use, merely e mail [email protected], with winners to be introduced on Marginal Revolution. Please notice that entries won’t be acknowledged and solely winners can be notified.
I look ahead to seeing what you all give you.