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  • Re: Free Will and Libertarianism.

    [quote user="Physiocrat"]As an addenum, with causality there must be a first cause otherwise the chain of causality would never come into existence, therefore the universed requires an original ultimate cause; I am not at this point arguing whether it is the universe itself or some form of deity. Now since that is the case there could be other
    Posted to General (Forum) by mikachusetts on Thu, Jan 17 2013
  • Re: So... this just happened at my old public school...

    You went to Poly? You know, H.L. Mencken went there as well. I also live a few blocks from there...
    Posted to General (Forum) by mikachusetts on Tue, Jan 15 2013
  • Re: On minarchism

    [quote]That doesn't make sense to me. So then cereal companies hold a "monopoly" on cereal? An entire market cannot hold a monopoly on anything if there are various firms competing for your services. Your economic definitions are dubious.[/quote] I didm't say anything close to that. [quote]So, in a stateless society, as a property
    Posted to Political Theory (Forum) by mikachusetts on Fri, Jan 11 2013
  • Re: On minarchism

    You're misunderstanding my point. The author basically says that the problem with government is that it holds a monopoly of violence over a geographic region. So I say "well if that's the problem with government, then it should also be a problem with anarchy, because land holders also hold a monopoly of violence over their own land."
    Posted to Political Theory (Forum) by mikachusetts on Fri, Jan 11 2013
  • Re: On minarchism

    No, its still ironic. If the author pointed out that the difference between a monopoly of violence held by a property owner and a monopoly of violence held by the state was a matter of scale or the just acquisition of property, then I wouldn't have said anything. But the write-up simply damns any monopoly of violence as a bad in and of itself. That
    Posted to Political Theory (Forum) by mikachusetts on Fri, Jan 11 2013
  • Re: On minarchism

    [quote]When I use the term “minarchism”, I’m referring to an individual belief system, someone who believes a small government is necessary, and perhaps evil. A minarchist believes that government has a role in protecting life, liberty, and property. By itself, that wouldn’t be worthy of ridicule, but where it falls apart is
    Posted to Political Theory (Forum) by mikachusetts on Fri, Jan 11 2013
  • Re: *** January 2013 Low Content Thread ***

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Slut-shaming http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rape_culture EDIT: Honestly, its totally absurd that people are openly stating that they have no idea what these terms mean, yet are still willing to say "you're wrong."
    Posted to General (Forum) by mikachusetts on Wed, Jan 9 2013
  • Re: *** January 2013 Low Content Thread ***

    [quote user="Physiocrat"]Mika, What would you say to me if I went into a predominently Muslim area whilst carrying an Israel flag and declaring the God of the Hebrews is greater than all, then was beaten up?[/quote] I would say you made a poor judgement (unless you were looking for a fight), and devoid of any context, my response would make
    Posted to General (Forum) by mikachusetts on Tue, Jan 8 2013
  • Re: *** January 2013 Low Content Thread ***

    [quote user="Clayton"]You (women) need to take responsibility for your own safety, particularly in this American culture where you're expected not to ask your father or husband to share in the costs of providing for you and protecting you. And, yes, that includes character assessment of the men you are around and the situations you place
    Posted to General (Forum) by mikachusetts on Tue, Jan 8 2013
  • Re: Question re Property Rights

    [quote]That is, do I have the right to use force to stop Smith from dumping his toxic waste, in the same way as I have the right to use force to stop Smith from trespassing? If so, how is this right defined? Do I have the right to go over to Smith's factory and destroy the machine which is dumping the waste, or to use force against Smith to make
    Posted to Political Theory (Forum) by mikachusetts on Tue, Dec 18 2012
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