This is Why We Can’t Have Nice Things: Directionalists vs. Destinationists

Source: American Institute for Economic Research
by Michael Munger

“In my first essay for AIER, back in July, 2018, I wrote: ‘I’m a ‘directional’ libertarian. That means that if a proposed new policy or reform of an existing policy cuts spending or increases liberty, I’m for it, even if it isn’t a ‘real’ libertarian policy.’ Destinationism insists that any new policy must be the ideal, or oppose it; directionalism is willing to support any move toward the ideal, if the ideal is not on the table as an alternative. Most people take a combination of these views, depending on the context. But on almost every major policy question — school choice, tax policy, immigration, and so on — we end up fussing with folks who agree with us on almost everything.” [editor’s note: On “school choice,” Munger’s stated position is (or at least used to be) “directionalist” toward total government control of schools (the end result of vouchers/credits) – TLK] (03/06/23)