Non-Consequentialist Philosopher: What should we do?
Typical Economist: Maximize utility!
Philosopher: What should you do?
Economist: Pursue what I value.
Philosopher: What about when pursuing what you value doesn’t maximize utility?
Economist: With good institutions it doesn’t happen that much.
Philosopher: Yeah but why should you support good institutions rather than pursuing other values?
Economist: I like good institutions!
Philosopher: But what about when what you value and maintaining good institutions conflict?
Economist: It doesn’t happen that much.
Philosopher: But what if it happened? What would you have most reason to do?
Economist: It doesn’t happen that much.
Philosopher: But what if it did?!
Economist: But it won’t!

Economists, Why So Consequentialist? | Bleeding Heart Libertarians

Nice to see this blog finally living up to its potential and ditching the academic-ese for a moment.

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