Thursday, April 9, 2015

Liberty Short

Still having a problem understanding that "Liberty" thingy? Check this out...

Cause and Defect

Recently, I became acquainted with Robert Eschauzier, of The Online Freedom Academy (TOLFA) and author of the brief but thought-provoking essay below. Yesterday, I enjoyed a brief but enlightening conversation during which he agreed to extend our chat later this month for the Libertas Media Project which will be available here.

While it may be obvious to some, it is still surprising and revealing to others what can be learn, what may be suddenly revealed, from just a slight alteration in perspective. 

To that end, Robert's essay a read and see if you agree...
BW

(Excerpt)

Virtually the entire pantheon of current societal institutions and conventions rests on the continued belief in imagined laws of social causality which are easily and verifiably falsified by observation of the results that they have produced. Thus prevails, to name but one example, the belief that social interaction is essentially a zero-sum activity where for one group of people (the “poor”) to gain from social organization another group of people (the “rich”) must be made to lose from it; never mind that the opposite becomes almost immediately evident to anyone who bothers apply even a modicum of the scientific method by studying the observable and verifiable causality which shows that, far from being a zero-sum game, life is a value-added game where any one social group will gain far more if all other social groups will gain simultaneously.

Complete essay here 

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

The Final FINAL Word on the DEV

On April 6th,  I posted "A Final (?) Word on the Doctrine of Ethical Virtue", a reference to  Robert Eschauzier' s "Anarchism and Aristotle’s “Doctrine of Ethical Virtue”. 
Philosophically and strategically, I thought it was a slam dunk of the musings-passing-for-deep-thought from one Nelson Hultberg.
I was wrong. I was correct - except from Mr. Hultberg's perspective. He subsequently engaged in a spontaneously combusted on-line debate with Mr. Eschauzier. If you enjoyed the first, you will enjoy the last: Robert Eschausier's mis-matched tangle with Mr. Hultberg. 

Thought for the Year

When they lose the moral/philosophical argument (against 'government', 'authority' and the State), statists love to fall back on "What's the alternative?" Then they expect Anarchists to describe how every aspect of everyone's lives, until the end of time, will all work perfectly without a ruling class. But statists are so comfortable with the authoritarian mindset that it takes a while for them to even comprehend what is being suggested.
The belief in "government" is the belief that some people should have an EXEMPTION from morality and should have the RIGHT to forcibly rob and dominate everyone else. The answer to such a horrendously bad idea is very simple: the "alternative" to imagining that some people have the right to be violent bastards is......... NOT imagining that some people have the right to be violent bastards. Nothing else needs to change. We still have all the technology, all the resources, all the cooperation and organization. The only thing we lose is a gang of parasitical crooks getting societal permission to victimize everyone else. Now, if some statist wants to point me to any problem which is IMPROVED by giving some people permission to violently victimize innocents, I'd love to hear it. Otherwise, the whole "What's the alternative?" thing is as silly as saying, "But if we get rid of car-jackers, what will we have instead?"
- LR

Monday, April 6, 2015

A Final (?) Word on the Doctrine of Ethical Virtue

Robert Eschauzier posts responses to Nelson Hultburg's piece in the Daily Bell...

 Read it here...

Friday, April 3, 2015

Simply Put

The distinction between natural rights and positive rights illustrates how many people view government’s role today. For example, take a person buying an automobile and a person seeking health care or buying health insurance. If government is empowered

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

An Excellent Review

Judge Andrew Napolitano and I have been "Judging Freedom" for 3 years. But even in 3 years, you can cover just so much in 20-30 minute increments per week!

The mission statement of the Libertas Media Project and the central focus of our conversations