Category Archives: Government

Some Transparency in Congress Please

A while ago, I wrote about J.S. Mill’s view of representative government and how Congress should be a true representation of the population.  Now there’s a graph representing this: Click on the pic above.

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Klein’s Shock Doctrine in Wisconsin?

Paul Krugman’s opinion piece remarks how Klein’s book, The Shock Doctrine, is being applied in Wisconsin.  As Krugman puts it, The story of the privatization-obsessed Coalition Provisional Authority was the centerpiece of Naomi Klein’s best-selling book “The Shock Doctrine,” which … Continue reading

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Homeless People: Solved

An interesting article about solving the homeless problem: give them money.  It turns out that it’s more economically efficient than the state spending money: One asked for a new pair of trainers and a television; another for a caravan on … Continue reading

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A Libertarian Argument Against the Judges Finding Obamacare Unconstitutional

Steven Landsburg has made an argument showing that even though libertarians are against Obamacare, one should still have reservations for the judges to find it unconstitutional.  Why is that?  Because even though mandatory healthcare could be considered constitutional by the … Continue reading

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Argument about Violent Rhetoric Leading to Violent Action

All forms of violent rhetoric leads to or causes violent actions. All violent actions are wrong and they should be prevented. Violent political rhetoric (e.g. putting crosshairs on a map) lead to the assassination attempt in Arizona. Violent music (e.g. … Continue reading

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Book Review: The End of Faith by Sam Harris

I have read three of the four so called “Horsemen of the Apocalypse.”  They are: Sam Harris, Daniel Dennet, Richard Dawkins, and Christopher Hitchens.  I don’t plan on reading Dawkins book, at least not for a while.  From the excerpts … Continue reading

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Locke’s Strange Notions on Acquiring Property

This week, I read the entire Second Treatise by John Locke.  I’ve read it before, so reading it again was a nice way for not only of review, but also delving into the complexities of the treatise. I particularly concentrated … Continue reading

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Theories for the Middle East Conflict

As promised from a previous post, I would present some theories or models as to why there’s a huge conflict in the Middle East.  These aren’t my views.  They are views that I have picked up over time and have … Continue reading

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Fighting For Freedom?

We often hear that we must “Fight for Freedom.”  It’s practically saturated everywhere in our culture, especially right after 9/11.  But what does this mean?  Well, this statement seems to have the assumption that we are fighting for x.  Now … Continue reading

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Newsweek (6/21/2010), and How to Help the Green Movement in Iran

Newsweek has some really good articles this week pertaining to the oil spill, charter schools, marriage and immigration laws.  I’ll bring them up and give my opinion on them as well: Fareed Zakaria talks about how the media is too … Continue reading

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