Tag Archives: Individual Rights

How MoSCoW Can Fix America’s Spending Problem

In the past several years, I have been working on managing a multitude of requirements within a government project so that the objective was achieved on time and on budget. The lessons learned about setting and enforcing priorities are principles … Continue reading

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Question 12: Should the Government Force a Man to Pay Child Support?

Recently, via the Leonard Peikoff podcast, Yaron Brook answered the question, “Should the Government Force a Man to Pay Child Support?” While I almost always agree with Dr. Brook, in this response, he got the answer wrong. In fairness to … Continue reading

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Question #11: What is the relationship between objective virtues and individual rights?

Normally, others ask a question and I answer; however, this time, I am asking the question above and only starting towards an answer, which I will chew through over time in future posts. Over the past several months, a couple … Continue reading

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Loving and Political Change for the Better

Living during the Orgy of Sacrifice, which constitutes the bipartisan political agenda of the past 30+ years in the US, losing hope for a better future can be easy, especially for younger citizens who have never known different circumstances. While … Continue reading

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ObamaCare’s Website: I Didn’t Build That (a confession)

Given recent news about the significant failures in ObamaCare’s website, I have a disclosure to make about my contribution to that event; literally, I shrugged.  Usually, I cannot discuss specifics about what I am doing professionally; but in this case, … Continue reading

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Not Random Violence, but the Consequence of Ideas

Saturday, we saw a number of news reports on the interwebs about the murder of Delbert Belton, who fought at Okinawa, allegedly by two teenaged thugs. From these reports, we learned that robbery is bad, murder is bad, elderly combat … 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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The Cult of Thrasymachus

In Plato’s Republic Socrates rhetorically dispatches the political doctrine of Thrasymachus, who asserted that justice is what is good for the strong.  Today, Thrasymachus’ thesis animates President Obama’s agenda and the very notion of American democracy.  Instead of Plato’s idealistic … Continue reading

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Gideon’s Trumpet: Is Gideon v. Wainwright and Indigent Defense Counsel Still Relevant?

I really enjoy Diana Hsieh’s podcast “Philosophy in Action”, but I think that she insufficiently chewed her reply to the following question: Why is receiving the counsel of an attorney a right while receiving health care is not? In both … Continue reading

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Our Declaration of Independence

On this Independence Day, consider the virtue of independence in your own personal life. Great American, and Russia-born, author Ayn Rand expressed the essence of independence at such a personal level, when she wrote in For the New Intellectual: “Independence … Continue reading

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