Richard Thaler on libertarian paternalism and slippery slopes

Over at Cato Unbound Glen Whitman worries about “the rise of the new paternalism,” with a slippery slope argument.

Richard Thaler responds.

There are a lot of things out there to be afraid of, and there seem to be phobias named for each one. For example, you may not be familiar with bathmophobia, which is an abnormal and persistent fear of stairs or steep slopes, or a fear of falling. Less well known is “nudgephobia,” also known as the Whitman-Rizzo syndrome, which is the fear of being gently nudged down a slope while standing on a completely flat surface. This phobia is sometimes associated with other disorders such as the fear of being given helpful directions when lost; the fear of obtaining reliable medical advice when sick; and, in rare cases, some have even suffered from a fear of having someone recommend a book or movie that you will really like.

Full response is here.

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  • Nosybear_Demon_at_Large

    How many “slippery slopes” are there really out there, how many times have we been predicted to be on one and how many times have we ended up at the bottom. In other words, how accurate are these doomsayers' predictions?

  • Anonymous

    How many “slippery slopes” are there really out there, how many times have we been predicted to be on one and how many times have we ended up at the bottom. In other words, how accurate are these doomsayers’ predictions?

  • Anonymous

    How many “slippery slopes” are there really out there, how many times have we been predicted to be on one and how many times have we ended up at the bottom. In other words, how accurate are these doomsayers’ predictions?

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