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As you read widely in your aim to be an informed and rational voter, may I recommend that you include Elizabeth Anderson's important work in your reading list? Elizabeth Anderson is Arthur F. Thurnau Professor and John Rawls Collegiate Professor of Philosophy and Women's Studies at the University of Michigan, and her work in social and political philosophy, and in philosophy of economics, is of the highest caliber. See especially her book, Value in Ethics and Economics (Harvard University Press, 1993). But much of her published work is available here on her department website.

However, in light of the pervasiveness of a set of dubious arguments and assumptions about free markets and the role of government, you might want to start with this excellent series of posts she wrote several years ago at Left2Right.

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