I vaguely remember reading an article about some steak. It was Japanese. Supposedly, the people who raised the cattle believed that the best tasting meat came from the happiest cows. These cows were given beer to drink, to relax them. 4 pints a day. They were also given massages. I was in school at the … Continue reading Meat Eating
"Clarity of thought goes with clarity of writing" - Murray Rothbard The clearer the argument for an idea is, the more coherent that idea is likely to be. This should be fairly uncontroversial. After all, making a clean and straightforward argument for a completely incoherent idea is a nearly impossible task. At the same time, … Continue reading Poetry and Clarity
My thinking has been gradually changing, and I've now passed what looks like a point of no return. The key problem for this blog has and does remain the same. How do you systematically refute the system builders without just becoming another one of them? It's fair to say that the injustice of politics has … Continue reading Restart
In the wake of such a disaster, one of our most important priorities is to establish how to prevent it happening again. To do that, we need to know why the fire happened. Treating this fire as an isolated incident, we would have a very hard time figuring out where to begin. There are many … Continue reading Who is Really to Blame for the Grenfell Fire?
Well? This may seem a pointless question to ask, but it’s actually quite an interesting one. The answer isn’t “Because it’s cheating”. “Because it’s cheating” is not an answer; it’s a rewording of the question. Cheating means “Doing something which is banned”. To answer the question “Why are steroids banned?” with an answer equivalent to … Continue reading Why are Steroids Banned in Competitive Sports?
In my last post, I promised to discuss what kind of reasoning one might employ to justify a rights based ethic. Whilst this post won't do that entirely, it is one of a few arguments which will get the ball rolling. What I aim to argue is that extreme skepticism about objective value naturally results … Continue reading Violence as Objective Value
The other week I wrote a post which took a glance at some of the philosophical underpinnings of the Libertarian movement. In it, I discussed the Non-Aggression Principle (NAP) as formulated by Murray Rothbard: “No one may threaten or commit violence (‘aggress’) against another man’s person or property. Violence may be employed only against the man … Continue reading Rehabilitating Natural Law, Part I
Another interesting Mises article posted yesterday seemed to answer the question of this post in quite a decisive fashion. They make some fairly sensible points about poverty to which I would agree, but on some levels a deeper analysis is needed. What is Inequality? No trick question, quite we will simply define inequality as a disparity … Continue reading Does Inequality Cause Poverty?
Earlier this week our good friends at the Ludwig von Mises Institute (LvMI) posted an article criticizing the idea of a Universal Basic Income (UBI). The article attacks it on standard Austrian grounds, but the real question is: Do these criticisms hurt the Geolibertarian UBI? Here I will argue that the answer is no. What … Continue reading On Mises and the Supposed Dangers of a Basic Income
This is the first of a series of posts I intend to make on Marxism and the present state of the hard left. The traditions I personally follow most closely, and as such where my comments will be coming from, are those of the Georgists and of the Anarchists. I am, however, more Henry George … Continue reading Marxism I