For those you interested in diet, my brother sends this link.
A government is not a person, and the qualities I admire in a person, and hope to find in my friends, and strive to cultivate in myself and my kids, are in most cases the opposite of those I desire in my government.
I want my friends to be trusting, generous, kind, and flexible. I don’t want my government to be any of those things.
One time when I was in Safeway, one cashier asked another what she should do with her boyfriend’s stuff while he was in prison. The other cashier gave the first one the name of the storage place that she uses when her boyfriends go to prison (inspired by the first item in this post).
I don’t disagree with many of these – though I do disagree with the statement that we don’t know which “cultural factors” are important. I also disagree that direct democracy is good – real true direct democracy is chaos.
Bruce Charlton: “Could it be that the decline of smoking among creative intellectals may have contributed to the decline of genius?”
A couple weekends ago I had a very nice drunken debate with a friend. He was arguing that ancient people were violent against children. I was arguing that the modern practice of abortion is worse because we practice it on such a large scale and we consider it a “right” (inspired by this post).
Elusive Wapiti: “Myself, Simon Grey, and OneSTDV have been having a discussion of sorts about the inability of capitalism, materialism, pragmatism, or whatever one wants to call a governing philosophy that purposefully neglects man’s spiritual nature, to provide the sort of support necessary to sustain a moral culture in a right-wing minarchist society.” RTWT
When free-market economists see that the market declines on news that the trade deficit (which they believe doesn’t mean anything) has widened do their heads explode?
Germany is now setting fiscal policy in Ireland and Greece.