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Forum: Apollo diavlog comments 05-17-2010, 02:45 AM
Replies: 56
Views: 20,280
Posted By wreaver
Re: What are the philosophical merits of libertarianism? (jimM47 & hamandcheese)

I am not sure I take your point as to this distinction. Coercion is by its nature a threat — a threat to make a threat of violence is just a type of threat of violence. Your distinction seems to...
Forum: Apollo diavlog comments 05-17-2010, 01:33 AM
Replies: 56
Views: 20,280
Posted By wreaver
Re: What are the philosophical merits of libertarianism? (jimM47 & hamandcheese)

A couple of clarifications...



Here, when I talk about the point of my moral framework, it's somewhat similar to being an agnostic. (To be specific, my usage of the word "agnostic "here means:...
Forum: Life, the Universe and Everything 05-17-2010, 01:10 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 997
Posted By wreaver
Re: Which sections of industry/government contribute the most to the economy?

The point is this: go to, I don't know, the Democratic Republic of Congo, or some other place with incredibly weak state and legal institutions, and see how easy it is to accumulate wealth.[/QUOTE]
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Forum: Apollo diavlog comments 05-16-2010, 03:17 AM
Replies: 56
Views: 20,280
Posted By wreaver
Re: What are the philosophical merits of libertarianism? (jimM47 & hamandcheese)

I didn't think that's what I was doing. (Assuming that's what you were implying.)

A logically consistent moral framework does not make anyone do or not do anything. It is just a perspective. It...
Forum: Apollo diavlog comments 05-15-2010, 08:05 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 20,280
Posted By wreaver
Re: What are the philosophical merits of libertarianism? (jimM47 & hamandcheese)

(Assuming by "direct coercion" you mean ""physical coercion"....) From my point of view, direct coercion isn't the only form of coercion that matters. But it is the only form of coercion that is a...
Forum: Apollo diavlog comments 05-15-2010, 08:03 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 20,280
Posted By wreaver
Re: What are the philosophical merits of libertarianism? (jimM47 & hamandcheese)

hamandcheese: I'm replying from my own point of view and moral framework. (And not trying to do an overview of all people who self-identify as libertarian.)

Please interpret my replies below as...
Forum: Apollo diavlog comments 05-15-2010, 07:34 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 20,280
Posted By wreaver
Re: What are the philosophical merits of libertarianism? (jimM47 & hamandcheese)

Agreed.



What does Sam mean by "valid"? Morally valid? (If so, that would depend on your moral framework, would it not?)



I'm not the type of libertarian who believe that all the evil...
Forum: Apollo diavlog comments 05-15-2010, 07:25 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 20,280
Posted By wreaver
Re: What are the philosophical merits of libertarianism? (jimM47 & hamandcheese)

CONTINUED FORM THE PREVIOUS POST BECAUSE OF THE 10,000 CHARACTER LIMIT PER POST.

NOTE THAT I ONLY RESPOND TO NOTIONS OF LIBERTARIANISM IN THIS POST. AND REPLY TO THE PARTS ABOUT SAM'S ARGUMENT IN...
Forum: Apollo diavlog comments 05-15-2010, 06:38 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 20,280
Posted By wreaver
Re: What are the philosophical merits of libertarianism? (jimM47 & hamandcheese)

Seems there's been a number of people replying since I last took a look.

jimM47: Before replying to you, I will point something out, with the intent to avoid confusion (and to make the...
Forum: Life, the Universe and Everything 05-15-2010, 01:59 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 997
Posted By wreaver
Re: Which sections of industry/government contribute the most to the economy?

OK, but it's necessary to keep you from getting it all stolen, or having to spend it all paying off the mafia.[/QUOTE]

No, the "rule of law" is not necessary to "to keep you from getting it all...
Forum: Life, the Universe and Everything 05-14-2010, 11:51 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 997
Posted By wreaver
Re: Which sections of industry/government contribute the most to the economy?

@kezboard is correct in that value is subjective. I.e., there is no objective measure of value. Only what value each person (subjectively) has for each thing.

However, the "rule of law" is not...
Forum: Life, the Universe and Everything 05-14-2010, 11:38 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 736
Posted By wreaver
Re: Understanding Progressive "Liberal" concept(s) of "happiness" and "well-being"?

I've been spending some time trying to understand Progressive "Liberalism". (I've posted in a couple other thread in here with questions somewhat like this already.)

A couple terms I have come...
Forum: Life, the Universe and Everything 05-14-2010, 07:20 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 736
Posted By wreaver
Understanding Progressive "Liberal" concept(s) of "happiness" and "well-being"?

Could someone be so kind as to explain the Progressive "Liberal" concept(s) of "happiness" and "well-being"?

Are they references to the same thing? How are they defined?
Forum: Apollo diavlog comments 05-08-2010, 10:50 AM
Replies: 56
Views: 20,280
Posted By wreaver
Re: What are the philosophical merits of libertarianism? (jimM47 & hamandcheese)

My apologies. I just didn't get the impression that you were a libertarian (at 6 minutes into the video).
Forum: Life, the Universe and Everything 05-08-2010, 10:13 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 927
Posted By wreaver
Re: Twinkies & Chips—Sound Bites & Bumper Stickers

I don't believe that is true.

Plenty of animals survive just fine without reason. And many humans do just fine without it too.




Assuming by "reason together" you mean that everyone has...
Forum: Life, the Universe and Everything 05-08-2010, 01:34 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 927
Posted By wreaver
Re: Twinkies & Chips—Sound Bites & Bumper Stickers

There's no guarantee that if the masses could understand the arguments being given by various democrats, for the health care changes they want, that the masses would be accepting of it.

The thing...
Forum: Life, the Universe and Everything 05-07-2010, 02:24 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 663
Posted By wreaver
Cognitive Bias song

A catchy tune to help you learn some cognitive biases....

Cognative Bias song (http://martialculture.com/blog/2010/05/cognitive-bias-song/)

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Forum: Life, the Universe and Everything 05-06-2010, 01:35 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 927
Posted By wreaver
Re: Twinkies & Chips—Sound Bites & Bumper Stickers

Who are you referring to when you say, "the opposition"?


My impression is that most people aren't capable of logical thinking. And of the ones that are capable, many don't practice it, for...
Forum: Apollo diavlog comments 05-06-2010, 01:51 AM
Replies: 56
Views: 20,280
Posted By wreaver
Re: What are the philosophical merits of libertarianism? (jimM47 & hamandcheese)

@hamandcheese:

When libertarians are talking about coercion they are talking about physical coercion. I.e., punching someone in the face, or stabbing someone, etc.

They are not talking about a...
Forum: Apollo diavlog comments 05-06-2010, 01:30 AM
Replies: 56
Views: 20,280
Posted By wreaver
Re: What are the philosophical merits of libertarianism? (jimM47 & hamandcheese)

I just started watching this (and about 6 minutes in), but wouldn't it make the conversation more productive to have at least one libertarian in the debate?

At about 6 minutes in it looks like...
Forum: Life, the Universe and Everything 05-06-2010, 01:04 AM
Replies: 9
AZ
Views: 1,161
Posted By wreaver
Re: AZ

That's true. I didn't try addressing his whole argument. Which was due to a lack of spare time (during the work day) than say malice. That passage stood out to me, and I responded to it (in the...
Forum: Life, the Universe and Everything 05-05-2010, 08:31 PM
Replies: 9
AZ
Views: 1,161
Posted By wreaver
Re: AZ

this is where you and I, a liberal, will start parting ways. I can see an overall societal benefit to ensuring that people operating deadly weapons in close proximity to me and my children have some...
Forum: Life, the Universe and Everything 05-05-2010, 10:36 AM
Replies: 9
AZ
Views: 1,161
Posted By wreaver
Re: AZ

From the article there is this quote...


There's actually a very very important difference between a supermarket, a car rental agency, a bank, a hotel, or a railway versus a cop.

If a...
Forum: Life, the Universe and Everything 05-04-2010, 10:47 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,487
Posted By wreaver
Re: Understanding Progressive "Liberal" utilitarian happiness maximization

Although I'll remain agnostic on the topic until I see evidence to persuade me one way or the other, it does seem plausible that there could be IQ differences between the two white groups, on a...
Forum: Life, the Universe and Everything 05-04-2010, 09:06 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,487
Posted By wreaver
Re: Understanding Progressive "Liberal" utilitarian happiness maximization

I think I get what you're asking here, but I'm not sure I'll be able to give you the answer you're looking for. It seems like you're operating from the premise that liberals prize fairness over...
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