Showing posts with label philosophy. Show all posts
Showing posts with label philosophy. Show all posts

110 Year-Old Case Still Inspires Supreme Court Debates

by George Will.     What potential nominees should be asked. Today's most interesting debate about governance concerns a 110-year-old Supreme Court decision. Two participants in this debate are the chief justice of the U.S. Supreme Court and a justice on the Supreme Court of Texas. The latter is trouncing the former. In his same-sex      ... MORE

Gustavo Arellano: Drop That Snack!

LA's war against people eating what they want.      In 1985, legendary food critic Ruth Reichl wrote an essay for the Los Angeles Times that sounded ludicrous then and just pathetic today. She was reviewing Border Grill, a nouveau Mexican restaurant in Los Angeles' ever-hip Melrose district run by Mary Sue Milliken and Susan Feniger—nowadays   ... MORE

George Will: The 'Progressive' Burger Company

Social responsibility is a poor substitute for taste.  In January, McDonald’s said kale would never replace lettuce on its burgers. In May, however, it said it will test kale in a breakfast meal. Kale might or might not cause construction workers to turn at 6 a.m. into McDonald’s. McDonald’s also says its milk will soon be without artificial     ... MORE

The Perfect Woman For The $10 Bill: Ayn Rand

She understood the root of money is you.   Perhaps my favorite character in all of literature is Ayn Rand’s Francisco Domingo Carlos Andres Sebasti├ín d’Anconia from her novel Atlas Shrugged. The descendant of long line of industrialists and sole heir to his family’s fortune, Francisco flouts the idea that money destroys by working to be worthy of his     ... MORE

F.J. Rocca: Eric Hoffer's Wisdom

He loved America's fundamental unit, the individual. May 21st marked the 32nd anniversary of the death of American philosophic icon, Eric Hoffer. Although his biography is somewhat murky, there are facts of which we can be certain. Eric Hoffer was a self-educated, deeply sentient observer of not only the American civilization but of mankind in   ... MORE

Sheldon Richman: Lessons For The Liberty Movement

Patience and empathy are key in presenting concept.   It goes without saying—I hope—that we libertarians should be patient and empathetic when we talk political economy with non-libertarians. Patience and empathy are generally virtues, of course, but libertarians have an additional reason to practice them in their political lives: they  ... MORE

Tyranny: An Essential Feature of Socialism

by Doug Reich.   I recently heard a television pundit lament the likely outcome of his own prediction that the liberally biased media, after a temporary fit of outrage over the egregious scandals engulfing the Obama administration, will return to its sycophantic posture just in time for the next election cycle. While I agree with this prediction, the more  ... MORE

VIDEO: Walter Block - What Is Libertarianism?

Sheldon Richman: The Inherently Humble Libertarian

Libertarianism has humility baked in.   You would think that the advocates of a philosophy of political economy that embraces spontaneous social order, bottom-up rule-making based on peaceful voluntary exchange, and even competing polycentric law at least at some level would be safe from the charge of conceit. How conceited can   ... MORE

Craig Biddle: What Is Objectivism?

Reason, egoism and capitalism.  It is widely believed today that our moral, cultural, and political alternatives are limited either to the ideas of the secular, relativistic left—or to those of the religious, absolutist right—or to some compromised mixture of the two. In other words, one’s ideas are supposedly either extremely “liberal” or extremely    ... MORE

Thorin Klosowski: Carl Sagan's Best Productivity Tricks

How to seek out the truth.   Carl Sagan is a well known astronomer, cosmologist, author, and most obviously, science communicator and host of the show Cosmos. His views on science and general living are simultaneously inspirational and galvanizing. Let's take a look at just a few of his ideas that are useful for all of us. Sagan was first and       ... MORE

Libertarians: Looking For Results Or Self-Congratulation?

by Sheldon Richman.     When I was researching my recent article on Nathaniel Branden, who died last month, I came across an audio file of a talk Branden gave at the 1979 Libertarian Party national convention in Los Angeles. I was at the convention, but I don't remember attending the talk. I might have been busy with other things; on the other hand, I    ... MORE

VIDEO: Save A Drowning Baby?


Should individuals be required to save drowning babies?

Behold: The Atheist Ten Non-Commandments

What do you think of these?       What if, instead of climbing Mount Sinai to receive the Ten Commandments from God, Moses had turned to the Israelites and asked: Hey, what do you guys think we should do? Considering the Hebrews’ bad behavior in the Bible, what with the coveting of neighbors’ wives and murdering their own brothers,  ... MORE

John Stossel - Democratic Delusions

Politics vs markets. When the Berlin Wall came down 25 years ago this week, people in the Soviet Bloc gained something even more valuable than a right to vote: a free market. Democracy is definitely better than taking orders from Communist dictators. But real freedom means doing what you choose as an individual, not waiting for the rest of   ... MORE

From ListVerse: Top 25 Ayn Rand Quotes

Insights of a philosophic genius.     Ayn Rand, was a Russian-born American novelist and philosopher. She is widely known for her best-selling novels The Fountainhead and Atlas Shrugged, and for developing a philosophical system she called Objectivism. She was an uncompromising advocate of rational individualism and laissez-faire capitalism,    ... MORE