With a wide open country in my eyes

With a wide open country in my eyes October 18, 2012

(If these guys are going to keep this up, then Bill really needs to learn the sax solo for “Jungleland.”)

“I don’t think any of the people I write about would punch an old lady in the face, but they would inflict the same level of harm when they are abstracted away from the outcomes of their actions.”

It is better to do good to the undeserving for the sake of the deserving, than by guarding against those that are less good to fail to meet in with the good.”

“For one thing, making money is easy, knowing what to do with it is hard. And you don’t know spit unless you know why you should practice the classical virtue of generosity.”

“Money, in short, allows us to hoard. Someone with a million forks is clearly insane. But someone with a million dollars?”

A hard core of white evangelical adults continues to insist that religion drive political rhetoric. If the current trend continues, they will find themselves even more at odds with the American public.”

“[American Center for Law & Justice] will not comment further on this personnel matter.”

“While it is unclear whether the men are at the age of consent or old enough to consume alcohol, it appears that Henderson provided them with alcohol and marijuana.”

“Calling [Rep. Scott] DesJarlais a hypocrite is a fun way to spend an afternoon, but the sordid tale’s real value is in demonstrating what’s really going on with the anti-abortion movement.”

Political leadership ought to be … reserved for the hands of males.”

“We’ve become used to the idea of lunatic fringe attacks … but this one was complete misrepresentation.”

I’m going to end this interview now because that’s just not true. Mr. Fischer, uh, thanks for sharing your views, I guess.”

“It’s like saying the Moon is made of cheese and calling it a ‘dairy issue’ — evidence that the Moon is made of Moon and not of gouda might be inconvenient for gouda enthusiasts, but that doesn’t mean we’re being rude to the goudists by pointing out they’re being dumb.”

“I believe he has ideas about becoming a Scientist; on his present showing this is quite ridiculous.”

“It ought to be possible find art and music and styles of worship that reflect the best of culture, and not the best of another culture that was meaningful to another time, and not the worst of our contemporary culture.”

“He had watched attentively as the woman made her way across the ice, and he was preparing to seize her when, he later admitted to a local abolitionist, he heard her baby whimper and something unexpectedly moved inside him.”

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  • Yes, revealed preferences and all that rot.

    Which conveniently ignores that circumscribing the choices available to begin with artificially biases the “revealed preferences” results obtained through the price system.

    Anyway, I have no idea how we got to here from your laconic “pragmatism” remark.


    That, Chris Hadrick?

    Captures you in a nutshell.

  • who’s limiting the choices?

  • EllieMurasaki

    You are, if the country conforms to your desire that education only be available to those who can pay. A kid who never learns calculus–and no kid whose parents can’t afford education and won’t take charity is going to learn calculus–is not going to have any idea that it’s possible for them to be an engineer. A kid who never learns chemistry–ditto–is not going to have any idea that it’s possible for them to be a pharmaceutical research-development type. No
    biology education? No medical school.

  • Their education is being paid for by charity now via property taxes. 

  • “When I use a word,” Humpty Dumpty said, in rather a scornful tone, “it means just what I choose it to mean—neither more nor less.”

  • Their education is being paid for by charity now via property taxes.


    And taxes.

    You are using that word, charity, in the context of taxes.

    I do not think that word means what you think it means.

  • taxes are coerced charity.

  • EllieMurasaki

    Obligatory if belated retort: words mean things. One of the things ‘charity’ means is ‘voluntary’. One of the things ‘taxes’ means is ‘government-funded projects and programs for the public benefit’. If you do not want to be charitable, then do not spend any post-tax dollars for any purpose that does not directly benefit you. If you do not want to pay taxes, then move to somewhere where the government don’t fund squat.

  • bah

  • That’s your fucking reply? “bah”?

    You troglodytish, infantile nincompoop!

    If you want to know why Libertarianism is greeted with ridicule, it’s because the level of thinking exhibited by the entire movement, for all its claims to grand sweeps of thought and high-flown rhetorical inveighing against the dead hand of the State, really amounts to nothing more than a five-year-old child’s squalling and yelling that Daddy made him share his toys with his little brother.

    If you can’t bring any order or logic to your thinking, instead just tossing out random links to the Mises website or trying to pass off half-assed replies as the real deal, then nobody around here will ever take you seriously.

    At least for God’s sake stop being an embarrassment to what you claim to be and engage your brain for more than the five seconds it takes to blabber off some weak argument about how your latest half-formed panacea will fix all the problems with the big Meany State.

  • I hear parts of Afghanistan don’t have much of a functioning government. Oh, did I mention the many Soviet land mines still present in parts of the country? And the local warlords?

    Liberto-paradise really amounts to whoever has the most guns and money already wins the game.