Monday, May 11, 2015

STAY QUIET AND YOU’LL BE OKAY!

Free speech is necessary to free society for all the stuff after the “but”, after the “however”. There’s no fine line between “free speech” and “hate speech”: Free speech is hate speech; it’s for the speech you hate – and for all your speech that the other guy hates. . . .

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Saturday, May 9, 2015

That Climate "Change" Thing

Back in the early '90's, I had the pleasure of my first interview with Joseph Bast, President/CEO of  The Heartland Institute. Today, Heartland is among the leading think tanks in America on the forefront of Liberty related issues: free speech, environment, health care and others. 

Recently, the Vatican teamed with the United Nations for Pope's Global Warming Summit, a remarkably ill-informed, one-sided series of screeds poorly disguised and presented by individuals uniquely unqualified to address the subject of "climate change" - including Pope Francis who joined in dispensing the mis-information. One Jeffrey Sachs, a Columbia University professor and “special adviser” to United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon, wrote one of the more egregious piecess attacking "global warming deniers" as well as the Heartland Institute. 

Here is Joe Bast's excellent, informative and appropriate response.  

Monday, April 27, 2015

Monty's Excellent Explanation

Friend Monty Pelerin writes:
"There are no economic problems. There are only political problems. Economics is self-equilibrating, if not meddled with. Every political intervention is an attempt to thwart individual intentions and corrective adjustment. Political intervention does not help although it may hide (temporarily). Every political intervention makes the economic issue worse. Small targeted problems turn into large targeted problems.
If the political class continues to try to suppress the corrective mechanism, eventually the system seizes up and even collapses. That is what has been occurring over the last several decades."

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 Discussion Group and author of the 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.