Archive for the ‘Philosophy’ Category

Brexit, free trade, and Enlightenment principles

Monday, August 1st, 2016

NEOLIBERALISM, LIBERTARIANISM, AND FREE TRADE 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 ...

Elizabeth Nolan Brown’s column on “cultural libertarianism”

Wednesday, June 1st, 2016

I was bummed that I missed this tweet by Reason's Elizabeth Nolan Brown, because I would have responded to it. Blogging about what is meant by "cultural libertarianism." Thoughts?— ElizabethNolanBrown (@ENBrown) April 19, 2016 Here is the column that resulted. It's a good, short read. I was surprised at the negativity, even ...

Great for George Clooney

Friday, December 19th, 2014

It's easy for me to say from my computer chair, but the response of Sony and the rest of Hollywood to the terrorist hack and to the demand that Sony cancel the release of The Interview was weak and cowardly. Giving in to thuggish, censorious demands, even when backed by ...

The default position you take reveals everything

Thursday, August 14th, 2014

Since I surely have nothing new to say about the events on the ground in Ferguson, Missouri, I wanted to comment on the attitudes and opinions of a certain type of commentator on this matter: those who pretend to be fair and balanced, who rush to mention that both looters ...

Thirteen miscellaneous thoughts on the Hobby Lobby case and the reactions to it

Tuesday, July 8th, 2014

"To compel a man to furnish funds for the propagation of ideas he disbelieves and abhors is sinful and tyrannical." —Thomas Jefferson Other than the absurd necessity (and apparent futility) of explaining that a government's failure to mandate something doesn't equate to outlawing it, nor does it enable other people or ...

Thick libertarianism and bigotry and public shaming

Monday, May 5th, 2014

This is an email I sent to Sheldon Richman on May 3: Dear Mr. Richman, I had a few thoughts about your recent TGIF column "Libertarianism Rightly Conceived" and how thick and thin libertarianism might be applied to some recent news stories, and I hoped you could share your perspective. I don't ...

Quote of the day

Thursday, March 27th, 2014

"...we ought to treat every government as if it were loaded." —Charles C.W. Cooke

The contraceptive mandate is wrong for the same reasons the rest of Obamacare is wrong

Monday, March 10th, 2014

Later this month, the Supreme Court will begin hearing Sibelius v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc. regarding Hobby Lobby's objection to Obamacare's "contraception mandate" on the grounds that it violates the owners' religious freedom to abstain from paying for anyone's contraception. Obamacare requires Hobby Lobby to provide its employees only certain ...

Did he do a billion dollars’ worth of work?

Saturday, January 25th, 2014

In an article about Facebook CEO Sheryl Sandberg's net worth surpassing $1 billion, David Kirkpatrick, author of The Facebook Effect, is quoted as saying, "Did she do a billion dollars' worth of work? I don’t know. She had the good fortune to land in the right place where her talents ...

Hobby Lobby, religious freedom, and contraceptive mandates

Sunday, January 5th, 2014

In my sporadic research on the Hobby Lobby Supreme Court case (and a basically identical case brought by Conestoga Wood Specialties, a Pennsylvania company owned by Mennonites), in which the companies argue that they should not be forced to pay for employee health insurance that covers contraceptives and thus violates ...

Favorite rant of the year

Tuesday, December 31st, 2013

Clark of Popehat.com is understandably angry. The "system" of corporate-State socialism seems rigged against the little guy, the common man, the individual, the lower and middle classes—and its exploitation of everyone outside of the power elite seems to grow more blatant and more absurd by the year. What set off ...

Fox has no legitimate claim over Jayne Cobb hats

Thursday, April 11th, 2013

Blastr and ThinkGeek report that 20th Century Fox Television has sent cease & desist letters to Etsy users to ban them from producing homemade versions of the hat that Jayne Cobb received from his mother on the short-lived Fox show Firefly. This might be the most absurd example of intellectual property ...