But Glen Whitman, of California State University, has doubts. In an engaging tract for the Cato Institute, a libertarian think-tank, he wonders why governments should always favour the long-sighted self over its near-sighted alter ego. The immediate pleasures of gambling, drinking and idleness are real; so too are the costs of suppressing them. “In contrast to the obese and the profligate, whose short-run selves constantly trump their long-run selves, we might point to the misers [and] workaholics for whom the reverse appears to be true,” he writes.If you want to know what anyone else said, I guess you'll have to read the article!
Friday, April 07, 2006
Posted by Glen Whitman at 6:21 PM
I'm quoted in the latest issue of The Economist, in an article on "the new paternalism."