Monthly Archives: September 2010

Politics Using Rational Self-Interest

If you want a libertarian society, Objectivism is a dead end. Liberty is a public good in a democracy (or republic, if you prefer). Somebody has to vote against receiving their own fair share of largesse from the public treasury. Somebody has to plant signs, knock on doors, pay for ads, attend meetings, etc. withoutContinue Reading

Whose Morality?

Another update of the On Enforcing Morality book: Whose Morality? It’s all well and good to say the government should make people better, but who gets to determine what is better? The original edition focused on the danger of enforcing morality in that the immoral vote, and can enforce immorality. This lesson remains — becauseContinue Reading

The Most Unpleasant Holiday of the Year

It is that time of the year again: time to go without food or liquid from sunset to sunset. It is the Day of Atonement, one of the seven Holy Days of the year given in the Bible, a day observed by Jews and a small minority of Christians. I hate it. I hate fasting.Continue Reading

The Moral Priority Quiz

I hear many Christians say that abortion is murder, yet few if any call for the death penalty for committing abortion. In fact the silence is deafening when it comes to any discussion of the penalty for abortion from any pro-life politician. Personally, I am not sure that abortion is murder, but it does comeContinue Reading

Should We Enforce Morality?

Years ago, back in 2004, I wrote a few articles under “On Enforcing Morality” making the case that the government has a limited role. I tried to be sympathetic to conservatives but I don’t think I pulled it off. Today, I am older, more conscious of my mortality.  And with a mortage and a toddler,Continue Reading