Agrarian Justice by Thomas Paine (1795)

Written on February 26, 2017. Written by .

In 1795, Thomas Paine wrote a pamphlet containing an introduction to the foundational principles of geolibertarian political philosophy. This was 84 years before the publication of Henry George’s “Progress and Poverty”. Although Paine’s proposed remedy seems oversimplified and potentially problematic, his motivation is much more compelling. “Civilization, therefore, or that which is so-called, has operated […]

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Fermi’s Paradox

Written on December 28, 2014. Written by .

Wikipedia describes Fermi’s Paradox as follows: “The apparent size and age of the universe suggest that many technologically advanced extraterrestrial civilizations ought to exist. However, this hypothesis seems inconsistent with the lack of observational evidence to support it.” Scientists estimate that out of the roughly 200 billion star systems in our Galaxy, there are roughly […]

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Is taxation theft?

Written on March 4, 2014. Written by .

Preamble: When discussing the question “is taxation theft?” people often commit the logical fallacy known as a “red herring” by diverting the discussion to the possible justifications for taxation rather than discussing the original question, which is whether taxation satisfies the formal definition of the word “theft”. Try to be cognizant of this. To determine […]

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A Buddhist vs. a Materialist on Consciousness

Written on November 30, 2013. Written by .

This is a hypothetical conversation between a Materialist (who believes that consciousness arises from the physical world), and a Buddhist (who believes that everyone shares one consciousness). Buddhist: How many consciousnesses does one person have? Materialist: One. Buddhist: What part of the body is responsible for the consciousness? Materialist: The brain. Buddhist: If someone’s brain […]

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Valuing a Human Life

Written on June 2, 2013. Written by .

Can you put a price on a human life? This is a question that a lot of people have trouble answering honestly. They say “no”, but their actions say “yes”. In this video, Nobel Prize winning economist Milton Friedman explains how people put a price on their own lives when buying cars. (It’s important to […]

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A Simple Explanation of the Halting Problem

Written on April 12, 2012. Written by .

The halting problem is a problem in computer science that can be stated as follows: Given a description of an arbitrary computer program, decide whether the program finishes running or continues to run forever. (Wikipedia) Alan Turing proved that there is no program that can solve the halting problem for all possible inputs. Below is […]

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Implementing Geolibertarianism

Written on December 14, 2010. Written by .

I have been thinking about an economic system called geolibertarianism for some time now. It seems to be the most moral and practical economic system, but very few people have heard of it or thought about it. Therefore, I have outlined below a possible implementation of geolibertarianism as a foundation to begin a discussion of […]

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Unintended Consequences of Obama’s Healthcare Reform

Written on December 8, 2010. Written by .

The Obama Administration’s ambitious healthcare reform is poised for its initial test run this upcoming year. The Affordable Care Act introduces a wide range of regulations that aim to reduce the costs of healthcare for Americans. One controversial component of this legislation will set a limit on how much revenue insurance companies can use for […]

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A Critique of Anarchism

Written on November 9, 2010. Written by .

Many people dismiss anarchism as a terrible idea without giving it a fair chance. I think this is because there is some misunderstanding about the meaning of “anarchy”. Anarchy does not automatically entail chaos as the popular connotation suggests. It also does not mean that there is no law enforcement. An anarchy is a political […]

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Moral Relativism

Written on October 30, 2010. Written by .

Humans are hedonization machines. According to the heirarchy of value, all values stem from the pleasure and pain of experience, and these values are our only fundamental guide to action. However, this is not always evident because we often act based on principle or investment. But if you think back to when that principle was […]

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