Check out this charming bit of theocratic statist-right propaganda. (CHT LRC.) Notice especially the cast-out sinners at lower right: Darwinists, pregnant (and presumably abortion-minded) women, the whole panoply of abomination. (And of course professional killers are prominently represented among the saved.)
Archive | December 24, 2009
A Choice of Scrooges
Two rather different libertarian takes on Scrooge: Butler Shaffers and mine. (Mines from 1993, so its not quite as I would word it today, but twill serve.)
Thief of Hearts
The premise of this movie seems to be a cross between Logans Run and the original Repo Man. The idea, I gather from the trailer, is that in the near future, patients in need of an organ transplant can purchase artificial organs on an installment plan but if they dont keep up their payments, then their organs can be bloodily repossessed. The protagonist, Jude Law, is an organ repo man who has no misgivings about his job until, after a job gone wrong, he wakes up with an organ transplant he cant afford and ends up on the run, pursued by his former partner, Forest Whitaker.
I thought Id weigh in early on what I take to be the libertarian perspective on this. Some libertarians may say that these organ repo men are simply enforcing contracts, and so are behaving legitimately. But on my view (elaborated here, here, here, and here; cf. also Rothbard and Barnett), contracts involve the conditional transfer of alienable rights, while rights over bodily parts (whether made of meat or not) are inalienable so long as theyre within the body. (Moreover, there are limits on what one can do in recovering alienable property too.) So my verdict is that what the organ repo men are doing is not libertarianly legitimate.
A Grave Matter
When Neil Gaiman had Miss Lupescu, The Graveyard Books Baloo figure, say da, I initially assumed, albeit with surprise, that he had made the common mistake of thinking that Romanian is a Slavic language.
But it turns out that Romanian, lacking a clear Latin term for yes, borrowed da from Slavonic so Gaiman is off the hook.
That is all.