To those who judge policy by color of skin or property

So did Stalin and Hitler. How is your effort different? Oh. You see clearly how to divide correctly those who deserve their property, how much, and what to do with the rest. I see. Stalin saw also. So did every feudal lord. Oh. You see clearly how to divide the colors of skin, who is …

Why the primacy of property rights?

Production requires freedom. Freedom requires property. Without right to use X one must ask permission. From whom? From he who has rights to it of course. "It is everyone's" How impossible. A required vote before the use of anything by anyone. How absurd. Why are property rights fundamentally important to freedom which is fundamentally important …

How to live well these days

How does one live well in growing oppression hidden by the cause of greater flourishing. Americans, and we are not the only ones, are trading liberty, negatively conceived as being left alone, for something like health. More and more often those who have a monopoly on coercion and violence (government), and those that get in …

Rhetoric and control

From Szaz, The Medicalization of Everyday Life. "...he who controlled the vocabulary controlled the debate and was assured of victory." Look out for speech control. It is not innocent. The only alternative is liberty. We choose who is "guilty" and who is "excused". Watch. He is excused because of his "background" and we choose background. …

On the ambiguity of the value of experience

From Kant, Anthropology from a Pragmatic Point of View, 1.7 "All experience (empirical cognition), the inner not less than the outer, is nothing but the cognition of objects as they appear to us, not as they are (when considered by themselves). Not only the quality of the idea, but also the quality of the subject …

The world that government has built

From Morris and Linda Tannehill, The Market For Liberty "Suppose a black man who couldn't get a decent job decided to support his family by making sandwiches and selling them to men on local construction projects. First, he would have to apply, in proper legal language and procedure, for licenses and permissions from all the …

Driving a wedge between the moral and legal

We must first take seriously the separation of the legal and the moral. If you do not take that seriously you will not find what follows even interesting. You will find it shockingly monstrous and judge is author vile and evil. Put in the form of a question and assume omniscience: should all that is …

Supply, demand and the combination of the two

We are limited beings. We do not have, originally or for perpetuity, all that we need/desire/want/prefer/have a tendency toward. In addition wants are varied. Wants are both varied within individuals and between individuals. In addition the strength or urgency of the wants varies both within individuals, between individuals, and to complicate matters-in time. So, in …