What’s with Libertarian/anarchists and bacon? The whole gun toting (which you have every right to, I just don’t own one personally), meat-eating, generic manly thing is a bit overboard and not a good marketing technique to spread the message. (This is in response to a lot of things I see from the…
@eltigrechico answered: well you’re wrong that the NAP applies to non-human animals, but you’re right that libertarians cultivate an annoying & alienating image
I appreciate your response, but why am I wrong that the NAP applies to non-human animals? There’s a pretty interesting article by David Graham where he states:
“I find it strange that so many of my fellow libertarians and anarchists oppose and ridicule animal rights with such passion. For one thing, an animal right is perfectly libertarian in that it is a negative right. Unlike incoherentpositive rights, such as the ‘right’ to education or health care, the animal right is, at bottom, a right to be left alone. It does not call for government to tax us in order to provide animals with food, shelter, and veterinary care. It only requires us to stop killing them and making them suffer. I can think of no other issue where the libertarian is arguing for a positive right—his right to make animals submit to any use he sees—and the other side is arguing for a negative right!”
What gives you the right to initiate force against animals? Obviously we should not police wild animals from doing what they do naturally because they are not rational beings that can make the decision to do otherwise, but we are and we have the ability to reason and decide that it is unnecessary and cruel.
What gives me “the right to initiate force against animals”?
Oh, that’s simple. I have the right to step on a cockroach because it’s a fucking cockroach and it’s life is worthless.
We can “decide” it’s “unnecessary” and “cruel” to harm animals. But that doesn’t mean they have enforceable rights. They can have their damn “rights” when they can ask for them.
today the kid sitting next to me in philosophy was going on about how he really always loved Plato’s conception of the ‘perfect society’ because he believes there are lots of people who shouldn’t be allowed to vote and that obviously it makes sense that the state should just lie to the people because they’re too stupid to explain things to and you need to have a small number of smart people (presumably defined as people who think like him) to rule everyone’s lives
When we read, our eyes move across a page or a screen to digest the words. All of that eye movement slows us down, but a new technology called Spritz claims to have figured out a way to turn us into speed-readers. By flashing words onto a single point on a screen, much like watching TV, Spritz says it will double your reading speed.
“Well, I think they’re smoking something.”—Ron Paul, when asked about Dick Cheney saying the army’s personnel cuts are ‘absolutely dangerous’ & Lindsay Graham’s comments that this ‘absolutely guts our defense’
If we went to school together, I think we'd never talk to each other since we both seem to dislike talking to people, but, if someone forced us to talk, I think we'd be friends. Also, you're really cool and strangely dorky considering how cool you are.
oh man. my new laptop doesn’t have any reaction images on it yet.
“Girls are trained to say, ‘I wrote this, but it’s probably really stupid.’ Well, no, you wouldn’t write a novel if you thought it was really stupid. Men are much more comfortable going, ‘I wrote this book because I have a unique perspective that the world needs to hear.’ Girls are taught from the age of seven that if you get a compliment, you don’t go, ‘Thank you’, you go, ‘No, you’re insane.’”—
is she quoting a tumblr statistic? I mean, who teaches these girls these things? And at precisely age 7 no less! I must not have been paying attention when they were doing this shit in second grade. Maybe the teachers pulled the girls aside to explain that to them out of earshot of us male super-beings. Or maybe because I was in Puerto Rico, the privilege fairy never visited. But by the time I was in school in NY, it was pretty much the girls who were getting the good grades and attention. Hmm… Maybe that’s what parents did when I wasn’t looking, they’d go: “You’re worthless because you’re a girl. You tell people that they’re insane if they compliment you! You’re a piece of shit, you walking vagina!” Totally must have missed that.
I listen to a lot of music (I’ve noted before that it was an industry I once worked in and a career I once considered/pursued), but I also enjoy listening to classic radio dramas during my commute to and from work.
Tonight, while listening to “The Adventures of Philip Marlowe” episode from May 14, 1949, “The Promise to Pay,” the peculiar PSA offered above played between the first and second acts. The PSA from CBS Radio simply advocated that the audience familiarize itself with basic economic principles as an important prerequisite to a functioning society, suggesting that such knowledge enables one to be a “good citizen,” to gain a sense of “renewed pride” at the “American economic system,” and to be able to work on “some of our system’s defects.”
What I found most unusual was that it did not advocate for a specific school or economist or philosopher or thinker, nor did it propose any sources. It simply asked that the members of the audience educate themselves.
Very interesting. Not quite a message that would likely serve as a PSA today.
“The rational strategy for a person who hasn’t actually studied a subject is to be agnostic… If people who hadn’t studied economics were simply agnostic, the world would be just fine. Because, on any given issue, half the people would flip a coin and say heads, half would say tails, and then policy would actually be determined by the minority of people who’ve read the economics textbook. The problem is that people who haven’t read the textbook typically are not agnostic. They think they know the answer, very often vehemently, with extreme confidence, and generally they seem to gravitate towards the views that the textbooks says are wrong.”—Bryan Caplan