Archive for the ‘Community’ Category

Brexit, free trade, and Enlightenment principles

Monday, August 1st, 2016

As I read about the rationales given for each side in the recent "Brexit" decision as well as their respective complaints and predictions about the UK's present and future situation, one thing strikes me as particularly funny above all: All the economic and social objections to the UK exiting the ...

The void will be filled

Sunday, July 20th, 2014

Gracy Olmstead writes the most perfect and succinct summary I've yet seen of my over-arching socio-culturo-political worldview. If I could distill it into a single sentence, it would be something like: The more a society seeks to—or is forced to—delegate its affairs to the State and rely on the State ...

Patton Oswalt on humanity

Tuesday, April 16th, 2013

Comedian Patton Oswalt echoes my feelings about humanity, and expresses them better than I probably would have, in response to the bombings at the Boston Marathon: Boston. Fucking horrible. I remember, when 9/11 went down, my reaction was, "Well, I've had it with humanity." But I was wrong. I don't know what's ...

Peter Gray’s worldwide “unschooling” survey

Thursday, April 12th, 2012

Peter Gray has written an absolutely fascinating series of articles about the alternative form of home-based education called "unschooling" and the families who practice it. Gray is a professor of psychology who runs the blag "Freedom to Learn" at Psychology Today, in which he often writes about education from an ...

Links for an ending week

Friday, January 20th, 2012

President Obama deserves praise for opposing the SOPA/PIPA bills in the House and Senate, respectively, but, of course, in true Republocrat fashion, deserves further criticism for qualifying that with, "That is why the Administration calls on all sides to work together to pass sound legislation this year that provides prosecutors ...

Quote of the day

Friday, October 7th, 2011

Sheldon Richman summarizes the State. It's a shame more people don't see how barbaric and completely childish Statism is in so many ways: Most people would agree that the sign of an individual’s maturity and rationality, not to mention social skills, is her understanding that the cooperation of others must be ...

Neighbors helping neighbors in a disaster: voluntary cooperation and spontaneous order

Sunday, July 17th, 2011

I liked this NPR report by Shankar Vedantam about friends and communities helping each other after (and even before) natural disasters and the failure of government agencies to help them very much when it really matters. The article on the website is similar to the radio report, but with more ...