Archive for the First Amendment Category

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

Free Speech Is More Important Than the Feelings of Terrorists

Posted in First Amendment, In the News, Philosophy, Politics with tags , , , on January 7, 2015 by Xajow

If you have not paid attention to the news today, a French satirical magazine, Charlie Hebdo, was attacked by Muslim terrorists and twelve people were killed. The attack was carried out by cowards who could not bear to see Islam’s prophet Mohammed mocked in cartoons published by Charlie Hebdo. Some people have suggested that the staff of Charlie Hebdo should have been less irresponsible. Which makes me angry. So yes, I am going to rant about it. Continue reading

Why I Am Proud to Be A U.S. Citizen

Posted in First Amendment, Government, Patriotism, Philosophy with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 3, 2014 by Xajow

I have talked here many times about the foolishness of politicians and some of the ways I think the U.S. government is doing things that keep making things worse here in the United States. But despite all of that, I do love this country, these United States of America. Since Independence Day is nigh, and before I go back to all of that criticism, I would like to talk about part of why I am proud to be a citizen of the United States. Continue reading

Some Words about Mr. Edward Snowden

Posted in First Amendment, Government, In the News, Politics with tags , , , , , on January 4, 2014 by Xajow

Regular readers of this blog will be aware that I am libertarian and of my opposition to the spying on U.S. citizens being performed by the NSA. So when I say I have a response to those who keep saying Edward Snowden is a traitor who has done much damage to U.S. national security, it should surprise no one. I am not saying everyone has to agree with what Snowden did or his reasons for doing it. But let us be honest about the situation and dispense with the political posturing, the propaganda and the like. Don’t worry. This should not take long. Continue reading

So Many Things to Yammer About

Posted in First Amendment, Foreign Policy, Government, In the News, Politics, Second Amendment with tags , , , , , , , , , on September 17, 2013 by Xajow

There are several news stories to give one cause for complaint. The gun control nuts annoying everyone again after the shootings at the Navy Yards. The racists who cannot handle a dark skinned woman winning the Miss America contest. Idiots bothering to commemorate the Occupy Wall Street protests as if there was something good about those protests. And a shockingly stupid PR campaign for the POTUS and his handling of Syria. So let’s calmly discuss these things in a fair and balanced… nah. I’m just going to give my opinions. Continue reading