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A Market Solution for Healthcare

Posted in Economics, Free Market, Healthcare with tags , , , , , , , on December 3, 2012 by Xajow

So  the market can’t help the costs of  healthcare? Well, an article and video over at reason.com pretty much debunks that idea. Go to the other end of this link for the article. And here is the video:

Canada Has Political Struggles Too

Posted in Government, Philosophy, Politics with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on August 8, 2012 by Xajow

Over at reason.com is a new video about some political turmoil in Quebec (which I learned to pronounce as keh-bek’ instead of kwi’-bek; don’t ask why because I do not remember). Which is in Canada (which I pronounce as ka-nad’-ah just because I can). Continue reading

Libertarianism Is Here to Stay

Posted in Anti-libertarianism, Argumentation, Libertarianism, Philosophy, Politics with tags , , , , , , , , , on June 12, 2012 by Xajow

I have considered trying to write something to explain libertarianism to people who don’t get it. But I question my ability to write something that would do any good. Anyone who actually wants to know what libertarianism is about has access to websites (like reason.com and libertarianism.org), magazines and books that explain libertarianism and libertarian ideas better than I can. And I have already explained why I am libertarian. But I still want to speak to those who are willfully blind who just don’t get libertarianism.

First, let go of your prejudice. When I talk about libertarianism with people, by far the most common and largest obstacle they put before me is their stack of preconceived and almost always erroneous assumptions about libertarianism. Libertarians are not, I repeat, not isolationists who want destroy the government and leave everyone to fend for himself. Not even the anarcho-capitalists, who do want to peacefully do away with government, expect everyone to fend for himself. On the contrary, we libertarians believe in people working together. If we did not, there would be no Reason Foundation or Cato Institute or International Society for Individual Liberty. And yes, libertarians do care about people. You may not agree with us, but we do actually believe our ideas will help people. So forget the strawman arguments so many largely ignorant critics of libertarianism have set up and knocked down. Let go of your assumptions and listen to actual libertarians. Ask them questions. No one is saying you have to agree with them.

Second, libertarianism is not going away. The libertarian message is getting out. It is getting into the culture. The influence of libertarianism is growing, not just in the U.S but around the world. People are starting to see that corporate welfare and constant meddling by government is really not fixing the problems the supporters of such things say they will. People are starting to see that traditional right-left politics are just two paths to the same authoritarianism. Is this all happening overnight? No. It is happening slowly. And that is why it will last. This is not a flash in the pan. Libertarianism is here to stay. So get used to it.

Ask a Libertarian Returns

Posted in Libertarianism, Questions Answered with tags , , , , , , , on June 9, 2012 by Xajow

I am most always willing to answer questions about libertarianism, just so’s you know. But in this case I am promoting the editors-in-chief of reason magazine and reason.com, Matt Welch and Nick Gillespie respectively, answering questions about libertarianism. They did this last year, and now they are going to do it again this Tuesday, June 12.

Here is the playlist of videos they made last year:

 

And here is the promo for this year’s event:

 

Info about the event:

On Tuesday, from 11AM ET til 4PM ET, Gillespie and Welch will receive questions via Facebook, Twitter, and email, and, with the help of Reason.tv’s crack team of videographers, will post rapid-fire video responses to your most probing and provocative queries.

The lines are open, so think up your toughest question and send it our way.

To ask via email, send to letters@reason.com
To ask via Facebook, go to Reason’s Facebook page
To ask via Twitter, send to @reason
To ask via YouTube, comment to this YouTube video

Always wanted to see a libertarian answer a particular question? This is your chance.

Too Much Copyright – video

Posted in Copyright Law with tags , , on April 19, 2012 by Xajow

Reposted here, though you should probably watch it on YouTube in HD, the “Too Much Copyright” video from Reason.com.