Archive for the Argumentation Category

Libertarianism versus the Modern Pharisees, part 2

Posted in Anti-libertarianism, Argumentation, Christianity, Libertarianism, Morality, Philosophy, Politics with tags , , , , , , on April 15, 2015 by Xajow

In the previous post, I started talking about the ways libertarianism is often attacked for being immoral, un-Christian, and unfit for society. Some people want to argue that moral path, the Christian path is to claim authority over other people, to use the authority of government to place legal burdens on other people. My response was (and is) that no, that is not the moral and Christian way. It is not the example laid out for us in the Bible. Today, I will talk about the idea that libertarianism is self-centered and callous, and that for this reason it is immoral or un-Christian. Spoiler Alert: I don’t agree. Continue reading

Eric Posner Says College Students Are Ignorant Children

Posted in Argumentation, First Amendment, Libertarianism, Philosophy with tags , , , , , , on February 13, 2015 by Xajow

In the “smart enough that he should know better” category is Eric Posner. Who is Eric Posner? Well, he is a professor at the University of Chicago Law School, and an apparently confused fellow who thinks that Bitcoin is a Ponzi scheme and that the NSA spying on Americans is just fine. And he also thinks that “Students who enter college know hardly anything at all,” and that problems universities face, from people being offended to rape, all stem from the problem “that universities have been treating children like adults.” Yes, I am about to disagree with Eric Posner and explain why he is wrong. Proceed at your own risk. Continue reading

Free Speech Is Good, Blaming the Victim Is Not

Posted in Argumentation, First Amendment, In the News, Libertarianism, Philosophy, Politics with tags , , , , , , , on January 9, 2015 by Xajow

I continue to be dismayed by the attempts of some people to blame the Charlie Hebdo staff for the terrorist attack that killed several members of the staff and a number of other people besides. If you go over to reason.com, you can check out Anthony Fisher’s article highlighting some of these comments. Most of them seem to be along the lines of, “Well, the murders should not have happened, but they wouldn’t have if those awful people at Charlie Hebdo had not been so mean and hateful.” It makes me wonder if these people are really thinking about the things they are saying. Continue reading

Yes, Free Speech Means Offensive Speech Too

Posted in Argumentation, First Amendment, In the News, Libertarianism, Philosophy, Politics with tags , , , , on January 8, 2015 by Xajow

Some people seem to believe that if someone finds the expression of another offensive, that expression should not and cannot be considered free speech. Which is an emotional argument, not a rational one. By which I mean, it is an intellectually shallow, illogical and immature argument. It is an argument that cannot be defended by reason. If you doubt me on this, try to find such an argument that is supported by reason and not by emotional language. I am quite certain you cannot. Continue reading

Birth Control, Hobby Lobby, and Common Sense

Posted in Argumentation, Feminism, Government, Healthcare, Philosophy, Politics with tags , , , , , on July 8, 2014 by Xajow

Recently the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that Hobby Lobby does not have to pay for providing birth control to its employees. Some people have claimed this is next door to fascism. Others have claimed this is an open door to anarchy. And many have claimed this closes the door for access to birth control for the employees of Hobby Lobby. None of those claims are even remotely close to the truth. Continue reading

The Latest Anti-libertarian Argument

Posted in Anti-libertarianism, Argumentation, Government, Libertarianism, Philosophy, Politics with tags , , , , , , on January 27, 2014 by Xajow

Someone has finally found the true weakness of libertarianism. Libertarianism cannot possibly work because it is “strange.” [insert eye roll indicating sarcasm here] Yes, boys and girls, prepare yourselves. It is time for another post about why an anti-libertarian argument is wrong. Hey, this is my blog, and I write about what I want to write about. Continue reading

The Real Problem with Obamacare

Posted in Argumentation, Explanation, Government, Healthcare, In the News, Politics with tags , , , , , , , , on November 12, 2013 by Xajow

Hello students. Yes, I am finally back. Save your applause and celebrations for later. I know, you want more D/s discussions, and there will be some later. Right now, however, I am going to rant about explain what the true and fundamental problem with the ACA (Obamacare) is. All the usual warnings apply: I am libertarian, trust-in-government folks will be offended, et cetera, et cetera, et cetera. Every one prepared? Okay, let’s begin. Continue reading