i know people are hard on pope francis
it’s nice to hear a man in a cape get up from his gold-encrusted throne for a second to tell us about how income inequality is bad
[Pope Francis] says that we have, ‘a dictatorship of an impersonal economy lacking a truly human purpose.’ What would that mean? Would people have to actively, every single day of their lives say, ‘This shoe, which may be bought by somebody five hundred miles from here’—I have to meditate upon the recipient of the shoe? … I don’t even understand what this means—‘lacking a truly human purpose’? Anybody can make of his work and his exchanges what he wants to make of them. You can sit and reflect on the fact that the work you do improves the lives of somebody you’ll never meet. Isn’t that wonderful? What a wonderful thing to reflect on. That I won’t ever know the people whose lives are made more comfortable and easier because of me, who are able to devote more of their spare time to uplifting things, because I provided for one of their bare necessities. That liberates them to enjoy the good things of the world, to improve themselves, what a wonderful thing! How sad that somebody sees in this no purpose at all. This is wonderful. This is wonderful and liberating for people. — Tom Woods, taken from his thoughts on the economic passages in the Evangelii Gaudium of Pope Francis. I really could have quoted almost any segment of the audio at random, I encourage everybody to go listen to the whole thing.
these breaking bad tribute videos
are putting me on an emotional roller coaster ride
when I read Mises’ Bureaucracy it made me want to go find Herman Cain and everyone else who’s ever said government “should be run like a business” and hit them over the head with it
priceofliberty tagged me in this so ill answer
Um… Like an hour ago.
I was parked, listening to Tom Woods’ response to the economic passages in the Evangelii Gaudium of Pope Francis. On the wall in front of my car, a door opened. A small, thin girl of about 17 stepped out and approached my car. It was below freezing outside, and even though she was wearing a short sleeved polo, she moved as though she didn’t notice the cold. “Are you Dan?” she asked, now standing at my car door. “That’ll be $13.30”. I gathered up exact change and handed it to her. She gave me my pizza and I drove off, into the cold night. It was not meant to be.
Well, not counting things for classes I’m currently reading Mises’ Memoirs and Jim Powell’s The Triumph of Liberty. Both are great and I recommend them highly.
Never any less than once every 20 hours. But if I go to the gym or do anything strenuous I will always shower after, and when I go out I will shower when I get back. I also will occasionally shower in the summer to just cool off or in the winter to warm up. So Probably like 1.5 showers a day on average.
I think that I do believe in some kind of afterlife. I’m not religious or anything and I don’t find the subject of much interest because I believe its impossible to know. But I think that if I were about to die I would on some level believe that it’s not the end. But who the fuck knows. Only Eben Alexander and Mitch Albom, apparently.
I just tried to think about it and then I remembered that I could not give any less of a shit. So I’ll put my money on “some asshole”.
Idk, my bff, jill?
I really don’y know. I don’t believe that people ~~~change~~~
You ever see the Stone people of Pompeii?
Did you know that Go-Gurt, is just yogurt?
because im lazy and you’re not my boss
realize that I can’t even google “painless ways to kill yourself” and collapse into a ball of tears in the corner
I’m anti-chain letters so im not asking questions or tagging anybody. If you want to be included just answer the same ones i did.
If we were to apply the unmodified, uncurbed, rules of the micro-cosmos (i.e. of the small band or troop, or of, say, our families) to the macro-cosmos (our wider civilisation), as our instincts and sentimental yearnings often make us wish to do, we would destroy it. Yet if we were always to apply the rules of the extended order to our more intimate groupings, we would crush them. — Friedrich A. Hayek
(Source: basedskeleton, via vice-beach-public-relations-guy)
Anonymous asked: Have you ever noticed how the left rages against capitalism for its "materialism", but simultaneously makes a huge deal about income redistribution?
That’s true. I remember posting a quote by Gary Becker pointing out the kibbutzim failed to achieve high economic productivity and someone told me that I “don’t get it” — the implication being that economic productivity was a bourgeois goal and I was missing the point of the kibbutzim. It’s basically the ultimate escape clause: talk about socialism can achieve post-scarcity and how capitalism impoverishes the poor, but when evidence to the contrary arises, attack it as consumerist or materialist. You can’t win.
No matter how much communists and nationalists will attack the “crude materialism” of the market economy, they will never have the audacity to tell people that their program will make people poorer or that their rivals’ program will people richer.