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    01-12-2021, 06:26 PM
    Thanks Nolan! Let me tell you, I sweat blood getting exact sources for some of these. I wish the Library of Congress would go totally digital, but I wouldn't volunteer to scan everything.
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    01-11-2021, 02:33 PM
    Robert Nozick was one of Harvard’s most distinguished professors, a president of the Eastern Division of the American Philosophical Association, and the author of several influential books. Robert Nozick quotes, while not as numerous as those of better-known libertarian thought leaders (Murray Rothbard and Friedrich Hayek come to mind) are nevertheless illuminating. Nozick was born to Jewish parents in Brooklyn. (New York City has produced an inordinate number of libertarian thinkers. Esko, Minnesota had better step it up.) He studied at Columbia, Princeton, and Oxford, proceeded to teach at several prestigious universities, and settled permanently in Harvard in 1969. Nozick published Anarchy, State, and Utopia in 1974. It is of particular interest to libertarians in part because it argues in favor of extremely limited state interference in private life. Nozick’s ideal, minimal state would be “limited to the narrow functions of protection against force, theft, fraud, enforcement of contracts, and so on.” Once a state’s influence extended beyond these spheres, it would necessarily begin to violate individual rights. Anarchy, State, and Utopia doesn’t take so extreme an approach as advocating for anarcho-capitalism, in which social services would fall under the exclusive domain of the private sector. (There is indeed a good argument against putting JPMorgan Chase & Co. in charge of fraud prevention.) Nozick argued that any such society would develop into a minarchist state as dominant defense and judicial agencies inevitably rose to power. To Nozick, preventing those agencies from growing to the point where they might imprison an individual for collecting rainwater would be paramount for the preservation of liberty. It is outside of our powers of summarization to present every other idea contained within Anarchy, State, and Utopia. Nozick did extensively explore the Lockean state of nature, in which all men are free “to order their actions, and dispose of their possessions and persons, as they think fit, within the bounds of the law of nature.” (Second Treatise on Government, 1689) In a departure from Locke, Nozick rejected the concept of inalienable rights to some degree. For example, in his worldview slave contracts are not by definition immoral – provided as they are also not coercive. In this utopia people could essentially do as they please so long as the non-aggression principle remains unmolested.
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    01-10-2021, 05:01 PM
    Calls for Trump's crucifixion are older than his presidency. They've spent five years stirring up a frothing hatred for the man, so demanding his punishment is just the cheapest way for Democrats to rouse blind support for their cause. It will play out better for them to just keep him free and use him as an Emmanuel Goldstein figure whenever is convenient.
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    01-04-2021, 12:11 PM
    This bothers me in the same way as the neologism "herstory." Like OP says, "amen" has nothing to do with "men," and "history" comes from the Greek for web (which a historian spins, in a fashion). It's all about decaying the meaning of words.
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    01-04-2021, 10:55 AM
    “A man is none the less a slave because he is allowed to choose a new master once in a term of years.” – No Treason: The Constitution Of No Authority No. VI pg. 24 “Those who are capable of tyranny are capable of perjury to sustain it.” –An Essay on the Trial by Jury pg. 14 “Certainly no man can rightfully be required to join, or support, an association whose protection he does not desire.” – Natural Law; or The Science of Justice C.1 §III pg. 7 “If taxation without consent is not robbery, then any band of robbers have only to declare themselves a government, and all their robberies are legalized.”
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    12-28-2020, 12:28 PM
    Steel-cased Pakistani military surplus from the '60s at that rate.
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    12-21-2020, 02:09 AM
    Remember when you were supposed to use plastic bags instead of paper because it saved the forests? And when overpopulation was the greatest threat to the world but now it's not? And back in the '70s when they warned us all that an ice age was on its way to kill us all? And acid rain? And Y2K?
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    12-21-2020, 01:20 AM
    “The welfare state has done to black Americans what slavery couldn’t do, and that is to destroy the black family.” Walter E. Williams was born in West Philadelphia, but any parallel to a certain ‘90s sitcom ends there. He was raised by his mother in North Philadelphia. That’s where the future academic and preeminent economist shared a neighborhood with Bill Cosby. He even knew the real “Fat Albert” in person. (It is highly unlikely that Walter E. Williams quotes Fat Albert very often. Not one of the Cosby Kids had very much to say about economics.) Williams was drafted into the U.S. Army in 1959. There he was court-martialed for daring to challenge racial order and the conventions of Jim Crow. In spite of Mark Twain’s best advice Williams argued his own case at his hearing – and won. Williams resumed his college education at UCLA after flying 51 combat missions in the Korean War. He became fast friends with Thomas Sowell despite having never attended one of his lectures. Williams earned his master’s degree and Ph.D. in economics before going on to teach at Temple University, Stanford University, and finally George Mason University. Williams is a libertarian, antisocialist, and passionate advocate for laissez-faire capitalism. In his view a free market unfettered by government intervention is the most productive economic system ever devised. The professor has named Ludwig von Mises, Milton Friedman and F. A. Hayek as crucial influences on his philosophical development. He has also expressed a great fondness for Ayn Rand’s writing and her tireless defense of capitalism.
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