Spencer on democracy and moral development

From Social Statics: "Political freedom, therefore, is, as we say, an external result of an internal sentiment-is alike, in origin, practicability, and permanence, dependent on the moral sense, and it is only when this is supreme in its influence that so high a form of social organization as a democracy can be maintained." First, Spencer …

On Envy, Equality and Noticeability

From Helmut Schoeck, Envy: "Man's envy is at its most intense where all are almost equal; his calls for redistribution are loudest when there is virtually nothing to redistribute." From de Tocqueville, The Old Regime and the French Revolution: "It is a singular fact that this steadily increasing prosperity, far from tranquilizing the population, everywhere …

On production and virtue

Production is everything for the following conditions: incomplete, imperfect, needy, wanting, dissatisfied. There are of course interesting questions about just what needs production but that something does is necessary for those in any of the above categories. It is typical to find individuals bickering and arguing over earthly goods. We Puritanical Libertarians think the spaces …

Inflation and deflation and the dollar

Some ideas stay on the periphery for years in my mind. But slowly clarity comes. When I think about inflation and deflation I think about dollars. I don't know why. But these terms are terms about prices, but prices of goods. It is the price of goods that either becomes greater (inflation) or lesser (deflation). …

On The ineffable, depth, proof.

There is always a running analogy between the material and moral. You see this in the sage Jesus' teaching. He constantly speaks about seeds, weeds, managers, servants, wine, bread, birth. But what he is trying to convey, to deliver via the material spoken about, is what he calls the kingdom of the god. The kingdom …

Production, distribution and consumption

Each production, distribution and consumption are always on going. The categories indeed are useful and meaningful but in reality the three activities are deeply intertwined. He who has control of one has control over all. Imagine two possibilities: first, what is produced, distributed and consumed is determined by voluntary contract. Control is localized, decentralized and …

The apriori and what is NOT up for debate

It frightens the modern (and more so the post-modern) to be confronted with the apriori. For he named has been reared in a time when things were so good that people began to talk as if inquiry were endless and open and almost anything up for debate. And indeed, there is much that is right …

Investment and savings

Only saved capital can be invested. That government cannot save without aggression is obviously true. Otherwise it would be just another firm competing. That government can invest is thereby made false. Government can employ force and initiate aggression against those it retains non-competitive domination over. Thereby it is able to take from some and give …