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Ooh, nice hairstyle. If I knew her I would sneak up on her with a rolled up newspaper: don’t move, I can kill it! When I was in high school I remember trying to figure out what electives I would take. Typing and band were foregone conclusions (I must have had a vague idea about […]

Rational Versus Irrational Selfishness

My daughter said to me “The pastor was teaching us altruism.  He told us that before we do something we shouldn’t think about how it will benefit us, we should think about benefiting others.  I don’t believe in that.” “Right” says I. “The operating premise behind that is that everyone on the planet is worthy […]


Something I posted to an online list: By the way I was kidding when I called myself a genius for using pretending to laugh at handicapped children as a diversion away from the real topic. I was being facetious. I think most of the people here got that. I don’t actually consider myself a genius […]

The Evolution of Property Rights

Newsweek has an article entitled Why Conservative Muslims Favor Free Trade. It’s a very good read and quite accurate coming from a publication based in The Great Satan. The story talks about the birth of Islam in the Arabian Peninsula and Muhammad ibn Abdullah’s life as a trader in the capitalist marketplace that was Mecca. […]

The Denial of Death

A quote from The Denial of Death, by Ernest Becker: “Anxiety is the result of the perception of the truth of one’s condition. What does it mean to be a self-conscious animal? The idea is ludicrous, if it is not monstrous. It means to know that one is food for worms. This is the terror: […]

Love and Sacrifice

This post is meant to tie up some loose ends I left in yesterday’s “No Morality Conflicts” post I wrote up in like five minutes flat as I was getting ready to go to an all day conference. I’m going to broach the idea again, this time from a different angle. Once I was seeing […]

The Stone Age

To primitive man the world must have appeared, not as a land of opportunity, but a universe which was capricious, evil, where disasters without cause loomed around every corner. Before the science of predicting weather patterns, the sporadic droughts, floods, and earthquakes that assailed man must have seemed like the anger of a supernatural diety […]

Ethical Beginnings

I often assert that I am against initiating the use of force but I have never given a full explanation. It’s not that I’m into hippie peace and love (I don’t care much for other people one way or the other with the exception of certain people I meet). Neither am I a pacifist. While […]

$$ All Hail the Almighty Dollar $$

“Money demands that you sell, not your weakness to men’s stupidity, but your talent to their reason; it demands that you buy, not the shoddiest they offer, but the best that your money can find. And when men live by trade?with reason, not force, as their final arbiter?it is the best product that wins, the […]

Why I Open Fire

I’ve been debating on an online list expressing my contention that there is no purely altruistic action. I cited apparent altruistic actions of my own (washing a co-worker’s coffee cup while washing my own dishes ) and explained my own selfish motive for doing so (feeling magnanimous in anticipating someone’s unexpected joy in seeing their […]