Philosophical anarchists are not necessarily advocating for a given system, they might instead be making the argument that no valid political authority exists. Unless a successful argument can be made to justify why the state should hold special status (in this case, Political Authority), the state should be held accountable to the same moral standard that individuals are.  Given […]

I was listening to an EconTalk podcast today guest starring Marc Andreessen (Venture Capital and the Digital Future), a prominent venture capitalist. Marc mentioned a seminal article of his: Why Software is Eating the World.  The basic idea here being that software and the proliferation of computers and smartphone technology is making ‘digital only’ businesses […]

Scott Alexander has written a critique of libertarianism here, called “Why I Hate Your Freedom”. I don’t intend to write a point by point response, I will instead respond to the spirit of the post and to a few specific points here and there. Scott is mainly just attacking a caricature of libertarian philosophy. In section 0.3, Scott […]

Some people in the bitcoin space claim that government regulation and government recognition of bitcoin is needed before it can go mainstream. Bitcoin does not ‘need the government’ to go mainstream, it is already a superior form of money. Therefore, people will be economically incentivised to use it regardless of the government. If you aren’t […]

Notice how every time a ‘police brutality’ event happens such as abuse of power or overstepping by a police officer, some people inevitably leap to the defence of the police. They say things like: “Oh he made an honest mistake”, or “They’re not all bad!”, or the more sarcastic style response: “So if someone’s breaking […]

Ever noticed how people can seem to be rude and unlikable from afar, but once you interact with them at a closer level they seem more personable? As an example, this can apply when taking internet debates to in person debates. But in a less trivial sense, it can also apply when nations trade. This idea is […]

Apparently, some people believe that if the government regulates or taxes a business, this does not count as violence or the threat of violence. This is a similar case to how the government is threatening violence against individuals, who must then comply with government laws and taxation. I made this parallel point about individuals in an […]

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