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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

Libertarianism versus the Modern Pharisees

Posted in Anti-libertarianism, Christianity, Libertarianism, Morality, Philosophy, Politics, Religion with tags , , , , , on April 11, 2015 by Xajow

Libertarianism. If you listen to some people, they will tell you that word, libertarianism, means selfishness and callousness, that it signifies a shallow and childish ideology that cannot address the complex problems of the complex world in which we live. Only liberal ideas, conservative ideas, progressive ideas, et cetera, can address the real and complex problems of the world. And of course, so they claim, libertarianism therefore cannot be considered compatible with the moral teachings of Christianity. Their solution? Have government do something, and by do something they mean make their moral preferences into laws. This makes them, in my opinion, equivalent to the depiction of the Pharisees seen in the Gospels of the New Testament. 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

Some Words About (Im)Migration

Posted in Immigration, Libertarianism, Philosophy, Politics with tags , , , , on July 9, 2014 by Xajow

I was going to leave the current public debate (here in the U.S.) about immigration alone. But I keep seeing and hearing some really stupid arguments being made. And by golly, I just feel like saying something about it. So I am going to. And no, what I am about to say does not favor the pro-immigration-control side of the argument. You have been warned. Continue reading

Quick Bite: Quote of the Day

Posted in Politics, Quick Bite, Quote of the Day with tags on July 8, 2014 by Xajow

Yeah, I know. I have not put up a Quick Bite post in a long while. Anyway, I was reading an article at reason.com about the reaction of Julie Bindel (of The Guardian) to Burger King’s “Pride Whopper”. Near the beginning of the article, Scott Shackford said this: Continue reading