On Moral (Virtuous) Production

When speaking of the moral realm one must be clear on what is being referred to. One may refer to the set of limits to action that are voluntarily agreed to by the property owners who wish to associate. Such moral reference is hardly permitted in a state. Since the state decides what the limits …

On state violence and increase in viciousness

The state educates in violence and viciousness. It educates in the sense of E1 and not E2 (On Education). The state displays in its activity, and it is that which is most essential to its activity such that it is that most remembered by those who interact with it. Now one might object that, in …

5.8, Isabel Paterson, Human Nature and Liberty

Isabel Paterson’s The God of the Machine is is one of those rich and mysterious works. It is at once singularly focused in subject-matter and expansive in historical breadth. In addition, there is an engineering metaphor running through the text that I have at best tapped but not entirely grasped. It is Paterson who highlighted, …

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 …

4.16, 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. …

4.9, The Paradox in Self-Production

The setting: he who has poverty of spirit desires to be more. He desires to develop. What is he? He is rational (potentially) animal (actually). But what has he found? The animality is actual and the rationality is potential. At least, that is how things look from down here. He knows what Aristotle would say. …

4.7, The Aristotelian Insight on Virtue Production

How do I know when I have a virtue? This is a part of measuring for progress, and though I am leery about the over-emphasis of measuring for progress, it is not in itself wrongful. Why leery? An analogy: one cannot at the same time make money (produce) and count money (verify progress). Attention and …