Archive for May, 2011

The Ethnic Nation State Is The Most Likely Means Of Preserving Individual Freedom.

Great panel discussion today, with speakers on China, Turkey, Islam, Europe, and the Anglosphere. The closing questions were largely to do with the changing world boundaries, and nationalism. Summary by, I think, John O'Sullivan, was that, it certainly
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A Mouthful Of Pebbles And The Roar Of The Ocean

Someone asked me (again) today, why I waste my time on some silly online political debate group. And that's a good question. But I know the answer. It's a choice. First, it's not really very useful to argue with people who agree with you. I spent a goo
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Reductio Libertarianism As An Effort To Export Costs (ie: Theft)

In yet another debate with crooks masquerading as libertarians. I ask "Define Moral." Bob replies "Moral = "Absence of coercion. Immoral = Presence of coercion (force or fraud)." Then he teases me a bit for my usually turgid analytical analysis: "Wha
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A Better Analysis Of Libertarianism: "Why don't I kill you and take your stuff?"

As Camus said, the first problem of philosophy is why we do not commit suicide. But that is followed by the first problem of political philosophy, which is not "how do we best get along?" It is "Why don't I kill you and take your stuff?" I opt for free
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A Centralized NY, and a Distributed LA

From Peter Gordon, referring to an article in the Atlantic. "The LA metropolitan area is actually spread over parts of five counties and includes twice as many cities as writer Conor Friedersdorf cites. The Orange county-LA county boundary is invisible
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Translating Complaints About Private Sector Services

When people disparage the private sector and seek services from the government what they really mean is one or more of the following: 1) DISCOUNT ON RESEARCH / RISK REDUCTION: "I am not able to judge the services in the marketplace, and unable to determi
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