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    Concepts and Consequences of Liberty: From Smith and Mill to Libertarian Paternalism.David Meskill - 2013 - Critical Review: A Journal of Politics and Society 25 (1):86-106.
    Isaiah Berlin distinguished between negative liberty, which is freedom from external coercion, and positive liberty, the freedom to master oneself. But the schema is too simple. Adam Smith thought that God had harmoniously arranged the world in such a way that the freedom provided by our negative liberty tended to redound to the public good. Mill, worried about the deleterious effects of public ignorance, accorded elites a prominent role in ensuring that negative liberty would lead to positive results. More recently, (...)
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    Self–Interest Properly Felt: Democracy's Unintended Consequences and Tocqueville's Solution.David Meskill - 2007 - Critical Review: A Journal of Politics and Society 19 (1):111-124.
    ABSTRACT The need to cooperate in countless ways in a democracy raises the fundamental question posed by the prisoner's dilemma: How can self?interested individuals cooperate? Tocqueville recognized this problem and anticipated the most convincing solution to date: Robert Frank's conception of emotions as ?commitment devices.? Tocqueville's analysis of the miscalculations of modern ?individualism,? which lead people first into isolation and then into servitude, mirrors the failure of conscious rationality in the prisoner's dilemma. Conversely, Tocqueville emphasizes emotional ?habits of the heart? (...)
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    Katja Patzel-Mattern. Ökonomische Effizienz und gesellschaftlicher Ausgleich: Die industrielle Psychotechnik in der Weimarer Republik. 312 pp., tables, bibl. Stuttgart: Franz Steiner Verlag, 2010. €60. [REVIEW]David Meskill - 2012 - Isis 103 (2):420-420.
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