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Robert C. Koons

Robert C. Koons is a professor of philosophy at the University of Texas at Austin.
Articles by Robert C. Koons

Earmarks: Better Government through Honest Graft

George Washington Plunkitt, the notorious leader of New York’s nineteenth-century Tammany Hall machine, famously insisted on a distinction between honest graft and dishonest graft. When acting from honest graft, a politician is simultaneously pursuing both personal interest (including the interest in being reelected) and the public good. Our constitutional system, as Madison, Hamilton, and Jay…

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The Singapore Solution

We are at a critical time—a unique juncture at which we can rethink our health care policy in a fundamental way. To do so, reform-minded conservatives should abandon or at least heavily qualify their resistance to state involvement in health care. The American government has been significantly involved in the provision and regulation of health…

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