Debate: A Charter for Government

January 18, 2009 by · 8 Comments 

The following is a work-in-progress. I am not at liberty to say, at this point, the use to which the following document might be put, so I name it, provisionally, “A Charter for Government”.

I am interested in any meaningful comments, criticisms, or suggestions you may have. No matter what may be your personal philosophy, and no matter what might be your personal beliefs, I would like to hear from you. Please submit your comments in the comments below, on this blog (if you are a first-time commenter, I will have to approve your first comment manually…please be patient, it’s worth it, to avoid spam). Insults and flame-bait will be discarded: please avoid ad hominem attacks toward me or toward other commenters, but do not be afraid to express a judgment that something in the document is true/false, good/evil, virtuous/vicious. Read more

Why Theft is Neither Ethical Nor Practical

January 13, 2009 by · 9 Comments 

Tom, an acquaintance of mine, is about to commence an ethics course. The outline for the course states:

The first part of the course addresses the challenge that the egoist (sometimes called the amoralist) poses for moral philosophy…The egoist is a person who doesn’t care about morality – all the egoist cares about is his or her own advantage and happiness, and he or she will be prepared to break any of our standard moral rules in order to secure it- just as long, that is, as he or she can get away with it.

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Paul McKeever’s Minimal Maxims and Bon Arrows, volume 1, issue 2

January 5, 2009 by · Leave a Comment 

Having joined the many who purchased a large tome on the case for atheism, he realized: the joke’s onus.

I think in Canada, therefore, he is.

Objectivism: The flower of freedom springs only from the soil of reality.
Libertarianism: The flower of freedom is cut from silk.

It’s never the economy, stupid.