Archive | August, 2011

Locked Out

One of the triumphs of government schooling is that most educated English-speakers nowadays cannot read this sentence from Locke’s Thoughts Concerning Education:

The age is not like to want instances of this kind, which should be made land-marks to him, that by the disgraces, diseases, beggary, and shame of hopeful young men thus brought to ruin, he may be precaution’d, and be made see, how those join in the contempt and neglect of them that are undone, who, by pretences of friendship and respect, lead them to it, and help to prey upon them whilst they were undoing: that he may see, before he buys it by a too dear experience, that those who persuade him not to follow the sober advices he has receiv’d from his governors, and the counsel of his own reason, which they call being govern’d by others, do it only that they may have the government of him themselves; and make him believe, he goes like a man of himself, by his own conduct, and for his own pleasure, when in truth he is wholly as a child led by them into those vices which best serve their purposes.

Wanna Think Some Liberty?

I’m going to be on Thinking Liberty tonight, with hosts Darian Worden, Tennyson McCalla, Bosco, and bile. The show will be livestreamed from 8-10 Eastern (7-9 my time), during which I believe you can ask questions via chat room; the episode will also be available for download later.

I’d assumed that they wanted me to talk mainly about the prospects for a Smurfs / Jar Jar crossover, but apparently the discussion will focus on “philosophy and left-libertarian market anarchism,” whatever those are.

I think I can guarantee that listeners will get more out of this episode than the last time I was on.

Anarchy Not In the U.K.

“Anarchism is a political philosophy which considers the state undesirable, unnecessary, and harmful, and instead promotes a stateless society, or anarchy. Any information relating to anarchists should be reported to your local police.” – London Metropolitan Police (plagiarising Wikipedia for the first sentence).


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