In this article I argue that anti-perfectionist liberals can accept nudging in
certain areas: in particular, they can accept nudges aimed at helping people to discharge
their nonenforceable duties, and to secure personal autonomy. I claim that nudging is not
disrespectful since it does not involve a comparative negative judgment on people’s
ability to pursue their plans, and that the judgments that motivate nudging are compatible
with treating citizens as free and equal. I also claim that despite being sometimes manipulative,
nudging is easy to resist and so it can be employed to pursue legitimate goals.