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The strangeness of Moral Philosophy

Earlier Brian brought up his annoyance with an Ethical Philosophy Selector quiz he had found via Gene Expression's post.

The World Wide Rant was simply confused by his results.

Which were as follows:

1. Ayn Rand (100%) Read more »

The Political Value of Being Polite and Friendly

This is as quoted by Julian Simon at the end of his epilogue to The Ultimate Resource 2 Read more »

Tommy Chong is a Great Man

The Chaotic Mind and the Purpose of Philosophy

Micha's earlier post really got me to thinking. What does one do when one's earliest memories are thoughts of suicide? Most turn to religion to help bring peace to their mind. I tried that. Although when your first memories (around age 7 for me) are suicidal, your worldview tends to be a rather amorphous agnosticism. This drew me to philosophy. (I bet you already figured out that I was talking about myself. Give yourself a reward. ;-) Read more »

Socialism and Individualism

Many people have trouble understanding what socialism really is. We tend to fall for the line that it derives from an alternative view of economics, but that alternative view is simply a side effect of a more fundamental difference in view regarding human nature. Socialism literally does not believe in the existence of individuals or more precisely it views humans as mere components of society. It was not originally defined in opposition to capitalism. Socialism has always opposed individualism. Read more »

Wise Pacifism

I am pacifist. I have met many pseudo-pacifists out there and I wish to provide you a basic understanding of pacifism because people operate too much from stereotypes formulated by observing the pseudo-pacifists in action. Read more »

This year we begin to earn our spacewings

Burt Rutan looks like he is about to accomplish his dream without the government preventing him yet he might be beaten to the prize by one of the other teams around the world. These are acknowledged at the end of this article from via The United States of Earth. Read more »

Six Mistakes

Marcus Tullius Cicero, the great Roman orator who died in 43 B.C., recorded what he considered to be the six most drastic mistakes made by humans.

Some things never change:

1. The delusion that individual advancement is made by crushing others.

2. The tendency to worry about things that cannot be changed.

3. Insisting that a thing is impossible because we cannot do it ourselves.

4. Refusing to set aside trivial preferences.

5. Neglecting development and refinement of the mind, and not aquiring the habits of reading and study. Read more »

Regarding votes for President

The wisdom of he who authored Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy knows few bounds:

Anyone who is capable of getting themselves made President should on no account be allowed to do the job.

- Douglas Adams

(I have collected more quotes than you could possibly imagine. I used to have a quotes site.)

A Libertarian welcomes the Democrats into Opposition

The Libertarian Party is the penultimate opposition party. By its nature, it will always work to keep itself from becoming the dominant party in government. I know this is not even a possibility right now, but consider how it could play out eventually. Regardless of the flavor libertarianism to which one adheres, success can be finitely achieved politically. Success would also shift the social focus from government to culture hopefully permanently. Social conservatives and social liberals would then be battling it out in the cultural arena. Read more »