4.11, Living in the Wilderness

As the Puritanical Libertarian frames things down here (the only place he has ever been), there is both need for and possibility of development. This development he has characterized as the production of virtue. He has warned against the expectations and predictions about the time and cost of the production of virtue given that those …

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 …

4.5, The Great Metaphor of Death to Self

Virtue is everything in a way. It is necessary for the good life but insufficient for earthly maintenance. Food and oxygen come to mind as other necessities for earthly maintenance. But, even though virtue is insufficient if we gather all the insufficient necessities and rank them we find that virtue stands out. Is there anything …

4.4, Virtue Production and Expectation

A reflection on the role of expectation in the production of virtue which makes the production of goods and their preservation most probable. I keep connecting virtue and goods such that it may sound like I am trying to motivate the pursuit of virtue thru its role in the production of gold (goods). There is …

4.3, The good news (euangelion) regarding production

I am quite fond of the notion of gospel, good news. I (the better me who now thinks he speak) long for it. But, and this is a very weighty but, I (the actual me in the in-between of production of the better me) am very cautious, even suspicious, about the false prophet–he who proclaims …

4.2, The Hierarchical Ranking

Here we mark the hierarchical ordering of virtues and goods. We are interested in production of both. In 4.1 we distinguished between virtue (moral good) and goods (material good). We noted some of distinguishable characteristics between the two. Below a table of difference. But first, the similarities: neither virtue nor goods are given. They must …

4.1, The Necessity of Production

It is one of the great tragedies of the production of the recent past that it has resulted in such excess that production feels or seems unnecessary. So “we” make all kinds of demands on producers when we can find and identify them. We hang weights around their necks in the form of restriction and …

3.4.2, Moral and Material Means.

The part of me that wants to keep things clear in the practical earthly realm wants to restrict talk to talk about earthly things. This would involve restricting talk to that which takes up space, has size, etc. But, here at Puritanical Libertarianism, we take ourselves to be interested (or at least we represent ourselves) …

On capital goods and virtue

In economics a capital good is to be distinguished from a consumer good by the role a capital good plays in the production of a consumer good. Fair enough. We have the classic distinction between means and ends, and it is one of those fundamental distinctions without which naught in thought (thought always requires distinction–subject/object, …