On Escaping Reality

What I am interested in is wrongful hiding from, escaping, avoiding. That presupposes that there is rightful hiding, escaping, avoiding. One of the things I love about moral analysis is that the more nuanced and elevated and rarefied my considerations the less verifiable. At the top is the ineffable and unverifiable divine. Kierkegaard proved to …

The voice crying out in the wilderness…Prepare the way…

The image so saturated with feeling. The wilderness, so sparse, so bland, so lacking in that which supports life, so hot (or cold), so dry, so inhospitable. Where does the voice come from? How does one prepare anything in a wilderness? The wilderness is the condition of the soul when it has found this world …

“Mining is bad for the environment”

Says the "concerned" on internet chat via copper wire, on a computer made possible by rare earth minerals and other metals, via energy produced with coal, gas or the cleanest and most hated uranium. The "concerned" is able to have this internet chat because of free time made possible because of a highly organized society …

The relation between reaping and sowing

Herbert Spencer said it in 1850. Surely its truth precedes him. But it is such a moment to come upon deep truth expressed or given shape in the humble word. From Spencer: "Those who do not know that they shall reap will not sow." Such is so, and it is no fault in the human …

An argument for liberty

From Herbert Spencer who's Social Statics has rocked my world far later in life than I would have wished had. But hindsight is 20/20. The greatest happiness (utopia) is desired. What satisfies desire is the employment of faculties (human powers). The employment of human faculties requires freedom. Thus, freedom is essential for the production of …

The internal contradiction of the state

Taken from Rothbard, The Ethics of Liberty, and he relied upon Bartlett, "Fuller, Law, and Anarchism". My poetic commentary on self-contradiction interspersed. The state is self-contradictory. It cannot, and I mean cannot, survive and abide by its own rules. In that sense it rejects itself. It is hypocritical. It does not let its 'yes' be …

Are government agents somehow different?

The argument that government is "necessary" stems from a presupposition that there is something special or different about agents of the government. If there is not something different, then there is no reason to expect better outcomes from those people (government agents) than from these (private citizens). The defender of government will appeal to monsters …