Category Archives: Questions

Question 10: What is the DIM Hypothesis?

I have been participating in a book group this year; we are reading Leonard Peikoff’s new book The DIM Hypothesis: Why the Lights of the West are Going Out.  After having engaged is some rigorous chewing of the book with … Continue reading

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Thanks for the cheap train ride…Suckers!

The other day a coworker asked me jokingly, “Soon you are going to have that shiny new public train running almost from your doorstep and straight to the office.  Don’t you feel bad that drivers on the parallel public toll … Continue reading

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Is the Great Recession really over?

I did not realize that we are many years into President Obama’s economic boom times.  Reportedly, the Great Recession ended only a couple months after our President took office, but that must be former President Bush’s fault.  Yet, to me, … Continue reading

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Should We Stop Letting Terrorist Attacks Scare Us?

Related to the bombings at the Boston Marathon, I read a recommendation that we Americans and the media should stop overplaying the significance of the attack as its casualty count is small compared to the violence that criminals commit everyday … Continue reading

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Question #7: If we ‘privatize’ Social Security, what would happen to people that recklessly invest their retirement and lose it?

The following question comes from Reddit: If we ‘privatize’ Social Security, what would happen to people that recklessly invest their retirement and lose it? First, in the question, there is an unfounded premise about risk as in:  government control of … Continue reading

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A Tale of Two Homeless Men

I posit a hypothesis regarding two homeless men and how they would be commonly viewed by the typical man on the street, as expressed by current government policy. These two men are the same in all observed respects except as … Continue reading

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Question #6: Why is altruism bad?

Related to the post Thank LBJ and Altruism for Our Federal Deficit and Debt, the following question came via Reddit from a father raising his child to be an altruist:  “Why is altruism bad?” Sacrifice, and in particular self-sacrifice. I … Continue reading

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Question #3: Why Write about Libertarians and Gary Johnson?

So far, more than 40% of the posts to Selfish Citizenship have been tied to either Libertarians or Gary Johnson, so the following question is relevant: Why are you writing so much about Libertarians and Gary Johnson? There are two … Continue reading

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Question #2: Flame wars, why has our political debate become so nasty?

The following question has been popping up a lot recently, and it relates to the prior post on Angry Libertarians: Why has our political discourse become so uncivil? The idea that we should do something has been popularly replaced with … Continue reading

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Question #1: Why haven’t Libertarians been electorally successful in face of growth in government?

The following question was in response to the Selfish Citizenship post Open Letter to Gary Johnson: Going back to the Reagan Administration through today, why is it that the Republicans and Democrats have been able to grow government without an … Continue reading

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