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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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.

Misconceptions

I’m a bit grouchy because I filed my tax return today. *grumble*

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I’m guessing the people that have drowned in the pool are analogous to… the people who have been denied some form of (tax funded) service and have died as result because the lifeguard (the libertarian) on duty was unwilling to help because… its not his problem? Maybe I’m interpreting this wrong… but I think this is the gist of it.

That’s a pretty monstrous indictment of libertarianism.

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High noon equivalency

I tend to favor Western Philosophy. Likely for the reason that I’ve just been exposed to more of it. That’s not to say I don’t ‘culturally appropriate’ concepts from Taoism or Buddhism, or any other -ism that I like and find compatible with my Joey-OS… its just that when it comes down to fundamentals it tends to be predominantly Greek in origin (and then further paired down to Stoicism, because I like the label)

The internet these days feels a lot like the domain of madmen and gunslingers where civil discourse seems to be the exception rather than the rule. Venture a political opinion or engage in satire anywhere and you’ll soon find yourself being called out onto Main street to settle things with six shooters.

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‘All I said was *insert name here* makes some good points’. ‘Shut up you #$%@&* Nazi/Libtard/whatever other slur seems ‘appropriate’’.

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Minimum wage

I am not a proponent of the concept of a regulated minimum wage. Which (trust me on this) is not a great topic to delve into at your next barbecue, surrounded by your nearest and dearest. Someone is bound to take extreme umbrage and this is friendship ending stuff. Maybe pick something safer… like religion… or politics instead?

Of course having no filter I am likely to say something like ‘those supporting the concept of a minimum wage are either not familiar with economic principles or are particularly malevolent and deceitful individuals’. Which is likely to be frowned upon… by those who don’t appreciate economics, ha ha.

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I feel fairly confident in this assertion however.

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