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15 August 2009
Action, Goals, and Goods
(This post is an attempt to formulate praxeological fundamentals according to how they make sense to me.) An action is an embarkation of a behavior for the achievement of a goal 1 which executes a deliberate choice 2 among potential behaviors. A goal is a possible future situation that is perceived as... Read More...
22 June 2009
For a New Libertarian Ethics
In order to present the theory of ethics which underlies my libertarian political philosophy, I am going to first carefully discuss the theory of ethics currently dominant among other Austro-libertarians: that of Murray N. Rothbard. Note: In what follows, I'm going to come down pretty hard on Rothbard's... Read More...
20 June 2009
The Sword and the Lie
I normally wouldn’t quote another work at such length, but the following seven paragraphs are devastatingly true and important, and need to be disseminated as widely as possible. I couldn’t summarize or abbreviate it without losing something crucial. I can only hope to encapsulate its lesson... Read More...
19 June 2009
Adam Smith and Hesiod
One does not need be a philosopher to have a working theory of morality. Nor need one be an economist to have a working theory of value. One can find implicit theories in the writings of any thoughtful person; and the ancient Greek poet Hesiod was a very thoughtful man. Conversely, one can be a philosopher... Read More...