I actually divide the population into those who assume and those who think. Ayn Rand brilliantly summed it up, “The uncontested absurdities of today are the accepted slogans of tomorrow. They come to be accepted by degrees, by dint of constant pressure on one side and constant retreat on the other – until one day when they are suddenly declared to be the country’s official ideology.”
The liberties you’ve taken by stopping economic activity for millions of Canadians will cause untold hardship. It is my fond hope, voters will deal your careers a death blow. The fact that you sanctimoniously pretend to know what you are doing while robbing people of their livelihood is criminal.
… for the first time in political recorded history, in June of 1775, Thomas Jefferson penned that idea into the immortal words ‘all men are born equal’. On that day equal, individual rights were finally, openly declared in a founding document of a country.
When presented in just the appropriate manner, an idea that totally lacks knowledge, that is truly incredible, can sweep through a nation and … in this case the world. The cacophony of panic is virtually impermeable to reason.
…Since you insist that we lack free will, I cannot contribute to your cause as I have, by your description, no previous cultural or inherited clues to guide me in said direction.
“It seems inconceivable that the descendants of the brilliant thinkers that created the freest nation ever can be swayed to stupidity by a has been NFL quarterback that dislikes an originating flag image on a shoe. That thousands of people will for that flimsy reason denounce the founders of this country.”
… grant me the serenity to accept the things I can not change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.
The mark of civilization is that in disagreements, dialogue will rule the day, that we’ll discuss and argue points, remembering that our views need to be sold to an audience before any change can take place. To restrict free expression means that force will be used to stifle thought as speech is the action produced by thinking.
True inventions are really mythological constructions. Witches, ghosts and perpetual motion machines fall into that category with the internet finally giving substance to one invention, trolls.
As I looked once more at the images of those flaming buildings, I thought back to the day of that ignoble event. I relived my thoughts and feelings at the time, going to work on the west coast and hearing that a plane had struck one of the World Trade Center buildings. The incredulous voices […]
Individual rights -when ideas matter. The origin – It all starts when the idea that we are created or born without sin, obligation, duty etc. become widespread in a culture. the view that equality is the rule, that none can be held to be more than any other, that a covenant of debt can not […]
I’d never considered pragmatism to be anything much more than a non ideological outlook on life but after reading a post stressing how debilitating an effect it can have on the thought process, I can see that I’m mistaken and need to rethink the meaning clearly in my own mind. Doug Reich gave a great […]
In Hernando de Soto’s book, ‘the Mystery of Capital’, he discusses the means America used to establish property rights in both the raw frontier and the California gold rush claims. He makes the case that individuals operating outside the legal system, his term, the extralegals, adopted rules of conduct and claim settlement measures that were […]
Altruism, the moral code that places need as the standard for entitlement, has a devastating effect on the very people it is intended to help. As a believer in free will, I can see that need has a self-fulfilling characteristic. If a person wants to, by their own actions they can place themselves in a […]
The Rational Capitalist: Houses Are Not Investments If, as you imply, houses are not investments then my definition of investment differs from your. I can see the consumable rule applying to a hamburger but not to a ‘good’ that retains value in the market place. The house, while possibly of eroding value, retains value to […]
Our ‘division of labour ‘ society has delinked a greet number of people from reality. From the tenured university professor who can say any outrageous thing to students , the assembly line worker pushing the green button for go and the red for stop to the clerk in the office doing bulk data entry, most […]
Have you heard the catchy slogan “unemployment is not working”? That sentence is usually followed by, “We demand more jobs”. The two statements taken together, show clearly the ignorance associated with the meaning of the term “jobs”. And from the high level of unemployment in Canada we can deduce that few people really understand what […]
Truth: As human beings, the most significant problem we face today is the same problem all of our ancestors have faced throughout history – how can we be certain a particular thing is true or false. How can we know when we’re being misled? Each of us, as individuals, must be able to see what […]