Feelings of dichotomy

The consumer psychology part of me is amused by this billboard. I thought it was quite clever (Even though I think marketing in any way shape or form falls on the evil side of the ethical spectrum)

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The libertarian in me however, grimaces and starts to shift uncomfortably.

Like most libertarians I see the vigor and enthusiasm (and indeed public funds) used in the pursuit of victimless crimes as completely insane. If someone wants take drugs or engage in prostitution… or really do anything  that involves one or more consenting adult(s)…that is fine by me. As long as it doesn’t affect me.

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A book for all and none.

I’m casually re-reading ‘Thus spoke Zarathustra’, which, as it turns out, seems to be working out much better for my internet addled mind than reading it all in one go and then getting irritable and frustrated when it all starts to blur together into a lumpy alphabet soup of meaningless words and chunks of mystery meat. I envy people (that were gifted with concentration spans of more than your average Fantail or Comet) that can devour this sort of literature without having to resort to a piecemeal approach. How nice must it be to be them!

I interpose my exercise in mediocrity (insofar as all reading Nietzsche really does is underscore how stupid I am) with Playstation by pretend hunting hapless elk in a simulacrum western reality where I pick up faux-tuberculous and start to feel bad about my mass-murdering tendencies. I really enjoyed Red Dead Redemption 2… I’ve binge played it to (almost) completion, sacrificing sleep and sociability… and squashing that nagging feeling that I really should be doing something (with my life) that involves just a smattering more vitamin D.

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I don’t think Nietzsche would have approved of Playstation (or indeed of Red Dead). But then again, Nietzsche went insane… probably because of a lack of blowjobs. Wait… that might have been Schopenhauer… I might be conflagerating my disgruntled Germans here. In any event I’m pretty sure blowjobs were frowned upon by the Lutheran Junkers at the time… so certainly we can’t rule it out as a potential cause of dementia.

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People that need to be punched in the face

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People that need to be punched in the face… figuratively… he said… after a moment of consideration. (I’m trying to be less… eh… combative in my old age and not necessarily resort to the quick acceleration of my forehead into the orbital socket of the individual that vexes me as my go-to problem solving solution)

I think virtue signalling through your children is especially wicked though. But… I guess… words (of a Socratic and logical bend) are all I’ve really got to counter stuff like this. Even if it is less gratifying (to me at any rate). Violent intervention rarely solves a problem. Especially an ideological one.

If you’re of a libertarian slant you believe people should be allowed to do whatever they want… unless of course it affects somebody else. It becomes less clear cut to me when those other people are children.

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Collective punishment

Why would you even vaguely consider grounding your daughter for this? This is pure unadulterated awesomeness.

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It is also (as I understand it) true.

Students are considered civilians and therefore considered protected persons, under the 1949 Geneva Conventions, collective punishment is a war crime.

Article 33: Individual responsibility, collective penalties, pillage and reprisals

No protected person may be punished for an offense he or she has not personally committed. Collective penalties and likewise all measures of intimidation or of terrorism are prohibited.