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Fairness too complicated

So Bill Gates sold me some software when he was still in that business. He was then immensely rich, compared to me. How unfair, you say? But Bill took his gains from this trade and used it to feed starving African children, while I used the software...

 

Faith in government unfounded

Enthusiast for increasing government regulations of people in business, including those in the financial markets, never bother to answer the one basic question that any rational person would need to have answered before joining them as champions of t...

 

Faith in goverment unfounded

Enthusiast for increasing government regulations of people in business, including those in the financial markets, never bother to answer the one basic question that any rational person would need to have answered before joining them as champions of t...

 

Public must not pass judgment

No one in his right mind denies that people in commerce can become criminals. That’s because people in any walk of life can — it is a basic human capacity not only to do something wrong but to hurt others with it. No other known animal is... Full story

 

Passing judgment injustice

No one in his right mind denies that people in commerce can become criminals. That’s because people in any walk of life can — it is a basic human capacity not only to do something wrong but to hurt others with it. No other known animal is...

 

Misbehavior needn't be regulated

In matters of human conduct it is vital to distinguish between actions that coerce others to do something they must be in charge of choosing either to do or not do, versus resisting their attempts to coerce someone. If I try to make you eat your... Full story

 

Misbehavior needn't be regulated

In matters of human conduct it is vital to distinguish between actions that coerce others to do something they must be in charge of choosing either to do or not do, versus resisting their attempts to coerce someone. If I try to make you eat your...

 

Ralph Nader owes explanation

So we have it on the good authority of The London Times that all is well with the Obama Administration’s latest interference with the market place. Here is how The Times reported on this long-desired development, admittedly desired by but fraction... Full story

 

Politics have no place in education

The New York Times reports that according to a ruling by a federal judge “a Mississippi school board was grossly discriminatory and mean-spirited when it told Constance McMillen that she could not attend her high school prom with her...

 

Insurance personal obligation

Here is what some would consider a hard case: Someone very ill is attempting to purchase insurance but companies refuse to provide it because they have a pretty good idea that covering the illness will cost big bucks, way above what the insured and...

 

Health care individual obligation

Here is what some would consider a hard case: Someone very ill is attempting to purchase insurance but companies refuse to provide it because they have a pretty good idea that covering the illness will cost big bucks, way above what the insured and...

 

Nothing trumps individual rights

The point deserves to be made over and over: majorities have no just authority to trump individual rights. That old dependable standby of the lynch mob is a perfect illustration of this. Just because the whole town wants to hang the suspect, it...

 

Nothing trumps individual rights

The point deserves to be made over and over: majorities have no just authority to trump individual rights. That old dependable standby of the lynch mob is a perfect illustration of this. Just because the whole town wants to hang the suspect, it...

 

Big government only out for itself

The theory of the big (but good) lie goes back to a certain reading of Plato’s most famous dialogue, the Republic. There are more or less crude versions of it but the gist of the theory is that for reasons of state — to secure the chance of...

 

Big government out for itself

The theory of the big (but good) lie goes back to a certain reading of Plato’s most famous dialogue, the Republic. There are more or less crude versions of it but the gist of the theory is that for reasons of state — to secure the chance of...

 

AGW claims can't be made forcibly

A powerful and vital aspect of the fully free society would be that only those burdens may be imposed on citizens that they have been convincingly shown, via due process of law, to deserve. This is roughly how the criminal law works. This is why the... Full story

 

AGW claims can't be made forcibly

A powerful and vital aspect of the fully free society would be that only those burdens may be imposed on citizens that they have been convincingly shown, via due process of law, to deserve. This is roughly how the criminal law works. This is why the... Full story

 

Hand-me-down thinking not needed

Often those who study the history of philosophy and compare it to the history of other disciplines, especially science, complain that in philosophy no progress is made, that philosophers keep talking about the same thing, that nothing ever gets... Full story

 

Hand-me-down thinking not needed

Often those who study the history of philosophy and compare it to the history of other disciplines, especially science, complain that in philosophy no progress is made, that philosophers keep talking about the same thing, that nothing ever gets... Full story

 

Government habits hard to break

Meg Whitman is running for governor of California and I haven’t a clue what her chances are. I know I don’t want someone like Arnold to get elected, but then I don’t want hardly anyone to be either re-elected or elected. And Meg Whitman offers...

 

Government habits hard to break

Meg Whitman is running for governor of California and I haven’t a clue what her chances are. I know I don’t want someone like Arnold to get elected, but then I don’t want hardly anyone to be either re-elected or elected. And Meg Whitman offers...

 

Structure always needed in society

It has been my experience that people who take politics seriously tend to want to have their idea of a good or just system of laws fully implemented. Yet these people aren’t ignorant about the poor prospects of achieving their goal. Unless a societ... Full story

 

Structure within society needed

It has been my experience that people who take politics seriously tend to want to have their idea of a good or just system of laws fully implemented. Yet these people aren’t ignorant about the poor prospects of achieving their goal. Unless a societ... Full story

 

Yes, corporations do have rights

It has puzzled me for some time why campaign contributions are considered a First Amendment constitutional issue. If I write a check to some candidate, I am not talking, writing an essay, carrying some poster in a parade or anything that could be...

 

Yes, corporations do have rights

It has puzzled me for some time why campaign contributions are considered a First Amendment constitutional issue. If I write a check to some candidate, I am not talking, writing an essay, carrying some poster in a parade or anything that could be... Full story

 

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