Maybe this will become a series, as these are quite easy to rattle off, and pretty fun too…
1. The rule of contract is sacred, but it’s fine to force pension cuts and pay freezes on public sector workers.
2. Localism is great! But every single nation on earth should have the same libertarian policies.
4. Emergent properties are logically impossible (see comments) so we should be 100% reductionist. But human action is a meaningful emergent property, meaningful enough to build an entire methodology around.
6. Government intervention in the banking/monetary system is bad for the economy and morally wrong. But the government should force everyone to use gold as their currency.
7. Corporations should maximise profit and take care of their shareholders. But if CEOs are ripping shareholders off, it’s fine, because of the free market.
8. Government intervention is bad, but corporations should be legally required to maximise profit.
9. Liberty! No, wait, dictatorship.
11. When economies succeed, it’s a triumph of the free market over whatever state apparatus exists at the time. But when it fails, that state apparatus (which previously had negligible impact), is to blame.
12. Government guarantees encouraged banks to take too much risk, let’s repeal them. But let’s not repeal limited liability laws on similar grounds.
13. Government intervention is bad, but they need to stabilise the money supply to keep inflation low.
14. Inflation is always and everywhere a monetary phenomenon. Hey, check out my new NAIRU theory!
15. The price system is perfect, but banks shouldn’t have to use mark-to-market accounting to report their financial status.
16. Stimulus doesn’t work, except when the money is spent on the military.
17. If public sector workers are fired, they will be rehired in the private sector, having little net effect on the economy. But if City workers are fired they won’t be rehired and it will be bad for the economy.
18. This despite the fact that public sector workers are lazy, unskilled parasites and City workers are intelligent and productive individuals.
19. Rationality can simultaneously mean a self-maximising agent, and whatever the hell I want it to mean.
20. Capitalism is dynamic and robust. But if you introduce a single regulation or tax it will implode!
21. Capitalist dynamics and relations will always cause certain groups to gain politically at the expense of everybody else. This is an argument in favour of capitalism.
22. Property is great and taking it by force is bad. But we shouldn’t give it back to the indigenous people from whom it was initially stolen.
23. Collectivist institutions are bad. But implementing ‘free market’ policies is an end in itself – it doesn’t matter how many people suffer.