Archive | September 6, 2007

Agorism East

Krakow While on my Kraków trip (about which I still promise to blog!) I was interviewed for the Polish libertarian site by J?drzej Kuskowski (who said I was the first libertarian other than himself that he’d ever met in the flesh! – apparently Polish libertarians interact mainly by email). Our discussion focused primarily on left-libertarianism.

The interview is now online; here’s the Polish version. If your Polish is a little rusty, here’s the English version.

Galactic Art

Frank Frazetta did some art for the original 1970s Battlestar: Galactica. Now I’m a Frazetta fan, but these paintings really weren’t his best work. This one is presumably supposed to be Athena, Apollo, and Starbuck facing in the wrong direction as Cylon raiders attack. The ships and weapons don’t look quite right. I don’t know why the Galactica has a traffic signal stuck to its underside.

Galactica art by Frazetta and McQuarrie This one shows some female crew members (it illustrates an early episode when all the male crew were sick) running for their Vipers as Cylon raiders again attack. If that’s supposed to be Athena, she’s still facing the wrong way. And the second woman from the right is clearly about to fall on her face.

Allegedly this pic was also supposed to be Galactica-related, but it beats me how.

Star Wars artist Ralph McQuarrie also did some early Galactica art: see here, here, here, here, here, and here. Too bad the show never looked as good as his paintings. I remember seeing some of these pics in an old Starlog.

Pope Innocent Was A Hippie

Great anecdote from Tom Palmer:

Hippie Pope I once heard Irving Kristol dismiss libertarian ideas of property in one’s person as “an invention of some hippies in the 1960s.” I challenged him to explain his unusual historical claim in the context of documents such as the Decretal of Innocent IV (c. 1250), the writings of Henry of Ghent (c. 1217-1293), the Defensor Pacis of Marsilius of Padua (1324), the writings of Francisco de Vitoria (De Indis, 1524) and Bartolome de las Casas (In Defense of the Indians, 1550), Richard Overton (An Arrow Against All Tyrants, 1646), John Locke (Two Treatises of Government, 1689), and more. He looked at his wife, the distinguished historian Gertrude Himmelfarb, who shook her head, and charmingly replied that “On the advice of counsel, I decline to answer the question.”

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