The mark of civilization is that in disagreements, dialogue will rule the day, that we’ll discuss and argue points, remembering that our views need to be sold to an audience before any change can take place. To restrict free expression means that force will be used to stifle thought as speech is the action produced by thinking.
As I looked once more at the images of those flaming buildings, I thought back to the day of that ignoble event. I relived my thoughts and feelings at the time, going to work on the west coast and hearing that a plane had struck one of the World Trade Center buildings. The incredulous voices […]
Individual rights -when ideas matter. The origin – It all starts when the idea that we are created or born without sin, obligation, duty etc. become widespread in a culture. the view that equality is the rule, that none can be held to be more than any other, that a covenant of debt can not […]
I’d never considered pragmatism to be anything much more than a non ideological outlook on life but after reading a post stressing how debilitating an effect it can have on the thought process, I can see that I’m mistaken and need to rethink the meaning clearly in my own mind. Doug Reich gave a great […]
In Hernando de Soto’s book, ‘the Mystery of Capital’, he discusses the means America used to establish property rights in both the raw frontier and the California gold rush claims. He makes the case that individuals operating outside the legal system, his term, the extralegals, adopted rules of conduct and claim settlement measures that were […]
Altruism, the moral code that places need as the standard for entitlement , has a devastating effect on the very people it is intended to help. As a believer in free will, I can see that need has a self-fulfilling characteristic. If a person wants to, by their own actions they can place themselves in […]
The Rational Capitalist: Houses Are Not Investments If, as you imply, houses are not investments then my definition of investment differs from your. I can see the consumable rule applying to a hamburger but not to a ‘good’ that retains value in the market place. The house, while possibly of eroding value, retains value to […]