5.2, Analogy and Coercion

The thesis for the “5” series of posts is to meditate on coercion, its prevalence, its unjustifiability, the costs (which may be split between the coercer and the coerced), the value of liberty, the foundation of liberty in property rights, and the reasonability of the anarcho-capitalist framework. We will inch our way into this. But …

5.1, A New Series: Property Rights, Liberty, Oppression

Living, as we do, under regimes of internal coercion and aggression much of which we have grown up with and adapted to, it can be difficult to first, shake off the fetters theoretically and conceptually. Second, to imagine community in its fullness. Third, to pursue non-aggression and voluntary association in a state of aggression and …

4.20, From Moral Investment to Moral Prosperity

All good things (down here on this ole’ clod) must come to an end. Speculations on what goes on after or above I leave to the theologians. They claim expertise there. The Puritanical Libertarian desires to use speech for what speech can handle: limit, shape, particularity, individuality. Listen to Pascal (who the Puritanical Libertarian trusts): …

4.19, From saving to investment

From production to saving to investment in moral prosperity. He who produces virtue has something precious and unearthly. Earthly goods, while able to be stored and saved, are subject to corruption and even conquest. Earthly goods, in addition, are subject to loss when invested. This does not mean it is not worth storing securely earthly …

4.18, On setting up shop for prosperity (moral)

The following amounts to an over-simplified (but the older I get the simpler things become dear reader–note I did not say easier, simpler and easier are not equivalent or synonymous) plan for setting up shop for prosperity. If you have read the proclamations of the Puritanical Libertarian, you know by now that he is for …

4.17, Proof of the Value of Self-Development

The proof is unnecessary. Yet, so much of what is unnecessary to he who sees clearly is necessary for he who is foggy or less clear. Premise 1: Either the world inhabited is prosperous or not (in trouble). Premise 2: If in a time of prosperity, then any prosperity that is offered will be better …

4.16, On Simultaneous Dual Usage of the World

For so long the other worldliness of the sage has been set against the worldliness of the the chief, king, CEO or senior comrade. The logical distinction is one of abstraction, but he who works with either exemplar must take care. What we hold up in the sage is the pinnacle of being in but …

4.15, On the world as ready production material

It is the Stoics that showed me most clearly the wealth of material that each of us is given for production. The Stoics are rising in popularity again, and this is predictable given the failure of the cesspool of chaos being served at the trough of the local feed-the-addiction saloon that I generally call screen-time. …

4.14, On the warning about boredom

An interlude. The next post (4.15) continues with the production of virtue. Here we are in the middle between old and new. That means we are simultaneously at the end of the old and at the beginning of the new. One of the predictable feelings in the middle is lostness. Far enough away from the …

4.13, The conversion of waste into life-sustaining good

In one sense there is little new under the sun. The prime matter that underlies all change is neither created nor destroyed. In it is potential. What of that potential is actualized in form is new. Newness can be taken in two ways: brand new and new to he who has never encountered before or …