Archive | September, 2007

Unto Him Who Hath

Just yesterday I posted an interview in which I said:

You have things like taxes and regulations and licensing fees and zoning regulations and various things that make it easy – the richer you are, the easier it is for you to start up a business because you can afford the lawyers to pay and the fees to jump through all these hoops and so forth. I mean, for example, there are a lot of places where a license to operate a taxi cab costs $100,000, which the average poor person doesn’t have lying around. I mean, a taxi service would be an excellent service for someone to start out with if they don’t have a lot of money because it doesn’t require a lot of capital up front. All you need is a car and a cell phone to start off with if you want a small taxi company – things like that.

Now today’s LRC brings yet another example of how government uses taxi regulations to shaft the poor and benefit the rich.

The government’s meter is always running ….

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.”

Honour or Face?

In the GOP debate tonight Ron Paul had an exchange with Huckabee (I think – one of those doofuses anyway) which ended with Huckabee saying the U.S. had to stay in Iraq to save its “honour,” and Paul replying by asking how many more lives had to be lost for the U.S. to “save face.”

On Hannity & Colmes they just now replayed the exchange – cutting off just before Paul’s reply.

Gotta love that fair-and-balanced Fox ….

Powered by WordPress. Designed by WooThemes