BY ILANA MERCER
“Donald Trump must get those kids out of the White House,” a blunt South African observer of our politics barked at me, weeks back. “You’re looking more and more like us.” She was alluding to the nepotism on display in the Trump White House.
Since the president started strafing Syria, it has become evident that Trump’s favorite offspring needs to be booted from the People’s House. The British press, more irreverent than ours, seconded the broad consensus that Ivanka had nagged daddy into doing it. For The Kids: The First Daughter was, purportedly, devastated by the (unauthenticated) images of a suspected gas attack in Syria. Continue reading
This is the first essay in a planned series, in which I aim to put some flesh on the theory and practice behind a future world of voluntary societies and minimal government.
Today, I’m going to look at ethical obligations, human rights and the relationship between the two. I’ll look at many examples of proposed obligations and rights. I’ll try to classify each into General (humanity wide), Contractual (a fit subject for voluntary mutual agreements) and Misguided.
Anarchism, justice and a vision for the future
By Neil Lock
This essay began as a comment on Keith Preston’s “The New Anarchist Movement is Growing,” published here. Soon, though, as I explored some of the ideas of various anarchist sects, it turned into something much wider. It became an attempt to answer, from my own highly individual perspective, four questions:
- In what sense or senses am I an anarchist?
- Which anarchist groups could I comfortably work with?
- Is the idea of an anarchist movement a sensible one?
- What might the world look like, if anarchist ideas were to be put into practice?
21 Life Changing Lessons to Learn From Confucius
Luminita Saviuc, Purpose Fairy
There is a really wonderful quote from Jac Vanek that goes like this:
“You are the books you read, the films you watch, the music you listen to, the people you meet, the dreams you have, the conversations you engage in. You are what you take from these. You are the sound of the ocean, the breath of fresh air, the brightest light and the darkest corner. You are a collective of every experience you have had in your life. You are every single second of every single day. So drown yourself in a sea of knowledge and existence. Let the words run through your veins and let the colors fill your mind until there is nothing left to do but explode. There are no wrong answers. Inspiration is everything. Sit back, relax, and take it all in. Now, go out and create something.” Continue reading
A Blueprint for Human Civilization
(Neil’s Note: This is as big and as radical a set of ideas as I have put forward to date. I worry a little about the length; and I also worry that some of the ideas here may, at first at least, go over many people’s heads. But I feel a need to put them forward, even in their current imperfect state. For, as with all such attempts, there will be errors, omissions, bad phrasing and things which simply won’t work – and, probably, lots of them. Thus I ask my readers, please, to think hard about the ideas here, and to look at what makes sense and what doesn’t, and what can have a chance of working in the real world and what doesn’t).
Introduction and Summary Continue reading
Fellow Canadian Kathy Shaidle sends her latest Taki’s Magazine column, “Beta Male Suckiness at National Review.” In it I learn that Kathy’s benevolence approaches the saintly; only recently has she terminated her subscription to National Review (NR). I did so about 15 years ago. The Alberta Report, a Canadian paleoconservative publication with libertarian leanings, soon became the subscription of choice in the home of this budget-conscious, coupon-clipping, immigrant. (Scientific American was another guilty pleasure.) Continue reading
We need to grapple with the theory of microaggressions. It’s all very well confining our opposition to the state’s political propaganda. But the fact is that in British (and American, and Australian, etc, etc) society the basic cultural precondition for freedom does not exist: that is, an acceptance that other people have the right to free speech and freedom of expression. Although this “taking offence” agenda receives strong support from the state, more often than not in everyday life we will be confronted by people who are not functionaries of the state and who claim the right to take offence—often shrieking hysterically in a way that I would regard deserving of a slap—in order to bring us into line linguistically and, ultimately, mentally. Continue reading