Socrates and the rule of liberty

In one of my favorite Platonic dialogues, The Crito, Socrates is represented at the end of his life, in prison, awaiting execution. It is quite a setting. Crito, loyal follower (loyal in affection but not loyal if loyalty is best for wisdom), arrives to visit with Socrates and persuade him to break the law by …

Animal Expectation and Satisfaction

It is a fairly regular experience of mine that my expectations about the future fail. And, it is a fairly pervasive failure. Watch-- (Career) I will become a doer of this work and all will be ponies, rainbows, and mild days of blue skies and bunnies...the reality has been good but far harder. (Family, friendship) …

Lao Tsu and the rule of liberty

"Rule a nation with justice. Wage war with surprise moves. Become master of the universe without striving. How do I know that this is so? Because of this! The more laws and restrictions there are, the poorer people become. The sharper men's weapons, the more trouble in the land. The more ingenious and clever men …

On forced production and forced sale.

Imagine a firm that demanded from you a percentage of your income with threat that both that same percentage plus extra would be extracted in the form of fines or jail time if you failed to go along with the first. Imagine you asked what the reason was for this act of aggression and you …

On tolerance for monopoly

It is one of the mysteries that those who rail against monopolies call on a monopoly for defense against monopoly and rarely if ever acknowledge the impossibility of their railing. From when we are wee little lads we are trained, indoctrinated to be wary of the robber baron, the capitalist, the entrepreneur, the business man. …

On mystics and seers

From von Mises in A Treatise on Economics: Human Action: "It is useless to argue with mystics and seers." Some are able, succinctly, to say much. The density of an expression is correlated with its weight. This judgment is jam packed. It speaks to the relation between science and religion, between the poet and prophet …

Life, change, imperfection

There is nothing else to speak of. Speaking comes in time and is only possible through changing sounds that embody thoughts. There is no though that we know of that is a singularity. The basic thought requires a determinations of an object which requires the differentiation between determined and determination. Note that a determiner (actor) …

Homesteading and ownership

There is only one way to understand the initiation of ownership and private property. Their are conditions That which is homesteaded must be, just prior, unowned. Nothing which is already owned may be homesteaded. That which is homesteaded must be put to use. This is meant to prevent ownership be declaration. "I hereby own all …

Some Rules of Puritanical Libertarianism (PL)

PL says no to initiated aggression (it is important to distinguish between initiated aggression and aggression that is a response to aggression. The implications are many. A few related to contemporary time and space. Implications? No taxation. This would not remove the need to spend on services such as security or dispute arbitration. It would …

The Apriori of Action

End, means, choice, preference, values, costs, benefits, loss, profit. Every actor prefers the future aimed at over the present aimed from. The difference between the two is profit. Every action is done for an end. Every action is done by a means. Every end and every means must be chosen. Every choice involves both an …