Only to the extent that we expose ourselves over and over to annihilation can that which is indestructible in us be found.
Pema Chödrön

Thanks and Best Wishes

Thanks to the well over 100 people who have taken the time to follow the stuff I have posted. If it isn’t obvious by the fact that I haven’t posted in ages, I am trying to wean myself off of social media. So, after my next post, I’m officially not going to be adding anything else. I doubt this is a loss for anyone at this point in time, but I hope that at least 1 person got something useful from anything I’ve done. I will be leaving the blog up as I still reference some things from it on occasion.

Thanks, and best wishes for the future.


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Heart of Life - John Mayer


Morgan Freeman’s brilliant take on the shooting in Connecticut:

Turn Off the News

“You want to know why. This may sound cynical, but here’s why.

It’s because of the way the media reports it. Flip on the news and watch how we treat the Batman theater shooter and the Oregon mall shooter like celebrities. Dylan Klebold and Eric Harris are household names, but do you know the name of a single *victim* of Columbine? Disturbed
people who would otherwise just off themselves in their basements see the news and want to top it by doing something worse, and going out in a memorable way. Why a grade school? Why children? Because he’ll be remembered as a horrible monster, instead of a sad nobody.

CNN’s article says that if the body count “holds up”, this will rank as the second deadliest shooting behind Virginia Tech, as if statistics somehow make one shooting worse than another. Then they post a video interview of third-graders for all the details of what they saw and heard while the shootings were happening. Fox News has plastered the killer’s face on all their reports for hours. Any articles or news stories yet that focus on the victims and ignore the killer’s identity? None that I’ve seen yet. Because they don’t sell. So congratulations, sensationalist media, you’ve just lit the fire for someone to top this and knock off a day care center or a maternity ward next.

You can help by forgetting you ever read this man’s name, and remembering the name of at least one victim. You can help by donating to mental health research instead of pointing to gun control as the problem. You can help by turning off the news.”

(Source: subgirlygirl)

This just appeared on my Facebook newsfeed

And is one of the more stupid things I’ve seen this week.

Please read the following, and SIGN THIS PETITION my brother xxxxxx has created! As we move into a world with such reliance on technology, it is imperative we create an atmosphere that can support it, and protect our rights simultaneously. 

'I've started a White House petition on the subject, and if it gets 150 signatures, it'll go public. If it gets 25,000, the petition will be forwarded to the White House.

I think a solution to the debate could be an overhaul of the USPS to create an optional email system that is covered by the same protections that apply to our paper mail. 

While my argument may seem counterintuitive, I believe that it behooves both the USPS and the federal government to create a truly secure email system that is only accessible by search warrant. While we gain legal security, and new potential innovations like “registered email,” the USPS can create new revenue streams and an overall more efficient and future forward system. A verified government login also paves the way for online voting, taxes, social security management, etc, under a unified online service.

So if you’re with me, sign my petition. Thanks!’”

The winner is not clear

but innocent people in middle eastern countries certainly lost the debate.

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Burt Bacharach - South American Getaway

I’m retiring from tumblr for the time being to focus on irl stuff. So… all my quality(ish) posts ever by topic. Hope you find some interesting.


Essential Reading

  1. A Brief History of Human Society: Property versus the State (or better, the essay this post is based on)
  2. Bite-size case for freedom (from professor Kling)
  3. How democracy undermines social tolerance and diversity (excerpts of Taylor)
  4. Mills on design and compromise
  5. ‘PEOPLE NOT PROFITS’ is backwards (Blunt Object)
  6. “A Positive Account of Property Rights” by David Friedman
  7. ‘Property and Its Enemies’ by Anthony de Jasay (excerpts)
  8. Institutional Economics: Private Property Rights in Land Predate the State
  9. Cowen & Tabarrok on the organic reemergence of property in communist China
  10. Good arguments against libertarianism vs. Dumb arguments against libertarianism

On freedom

Philosophy in the popular sense

On libertarianism

Milton Friedman & David Friedman

Friedrich Nietzsche

Albert Camus

Michel Foucault

George Orwell

Christopher Hitchens

Ronald Coase

On stateless societies and the non-state provision of typically state services

On the anthropology of state formation 
On statism
On socialism
On “left-libertarianism,” mutualism, Georgism, leftism, etc.
On typical “anti-capitalists” and new communists and that whole crowd
On Marxism


Misc below

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Len - Steal My Sunshine

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