The Wikipedia entry for Sigrid Fry-Revere is a typical biographical sketch of a 20th Century attorney. Thus, it makes no mention of the libertarian roots of her bioethics philosophy or her most important paper, "A libertarian critique of H. Tristram Engelhardt, Jr.'s The Foundations of Bioethics." The LIBERTARIAN BIOETHICS BLOG has previously discussed Fry-Revere and this 1992 article, which I cannot obtain without paying an exorbitant fee to the Journal of Clinical Ethics. This is a prime example of intellectual monopoly (intellectual property) obstructing the flow of ideas into the world. Long live Kinsella!
I just purchased the Principles of Biomedical Ethics, Sixth Edition by Tom L. Beauchamp. An extended review will eventually appear in the Libertarian Bioethics Blog. Happy Holidays!
"Banning a Risky Product Cannot Improve Any Consumer's Welfare (Properly Understood), with Applications to FDA Testing Requirements" is now required reading for all LIBERTARIAN BIOETHICS BLOG fanatics. This Robert Higgs article, originally published in The Review of Austrian Economics Vol. 7, No. 2 (1994):3-20, is a masterpiece of logical thinking. I have struggled for quite some time to grasp the flaws in the basic neoclassical economic argument for regulation of "risky" goods. I struggle no more. This tour de force defines risk, details the prospective subjective utility consumers seek to maximize, eviscerates the concept of "perfect information," applies this information to the criminal Food and Drug Administration, and concludes that the neoclassical economists are buffoons. Higgs's article is a libertarian classic.
I originally commented on Ronald White's article named "Institutional Review Board Mission Creep: The Common Rule, Social Science, and the Nanny State" on March 15, 2011. The History of IRB Mission Creep section of the paper is a thorough review of the gradual "expansion of IRBs' scope and authority." I particularly endorse the paragraph that identifies the creation of the the Department of Homeland Security as another example of mission creep.
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Don Stacy is a 47 yo libertarian writer and physician. His articles have been published by multiple libertarian-themed websites. He practices medicine as a radiation oncologist in Hazard, KY.