As a Christian, I am a Young Earth Creationist. Whiile some Christian's hold other positions allowing for an old Earth or Evolution from a common ancestor, I find that Young Earth Creationism best fits…
I was writing about virtual currencies a while ago. They are interesting in that they can improve the welfare of all the people using them by increasing the efficiency of exchange within the group. Specifically, it would be easier to get a job or make money using a local currency than the dollar.
At the time, I was hard pressed to come up with examples. Facebook seems to be developing one though.…
Sometime last year, I claimed in the forums that anti-trust law actually protects the large, monopolistic companies that it is supposed to prevent from developing.
I think that the anti-trust laws are harmful to competition in general, as I do for a lot of law, on the basis that true competition needs a very basic set of laws and that any law in addition to that and that any additional law favors companies with large, experienced, legal departments and the money to carry…
I went to the Florida Campaign For Liberty Summit
Friday night session. Like last year, Friday night was free, so it was
open to everyone. They also had a ton of booths set up and I talked to
some interesting people.
The first booth I stopped by was from a
group which performs training for people who run into mortgage problems. I know that mortgages can be confusing situations, but apparently some
foreclosures have included fraud and forged documents being used… Continue
During the Cold War, India wanted to experiment with a program of sharing land between the government and the people. America also thought that they were in danger of falling to communism. Like in the previous chapter, the response was for America to launch a
program of food and monetary aid. This caused the native production of
wheat to fall because they could not compete with the US aid program.
In order to keep India from falling to communism,…
While Chapter 5 of Stuffed and Starved is called The Customer is Our Enemy: A Brief Introduction to the Food System Business, it focuses very little on the customer. I am very interested in the customer's role in this
industry, but Raj Patel's real focus for this chapter is interesting as well. He focuses on the "crony-capitalism" of the food industry. Crony-capitalism are my own words, taken from Ron Paul…
Chapter 4 of Stuffed and Starved is about how governments use abundance of food to prevent civil wars and insurgencies from their poor citizens. The British and American governments feared that if people went hungry for too long, they would turn to violence and throw an uprising.
Before I get into the main argument, I want to point out that Haiti is pulled out as a minor example that I don't discuss in my analysis here. It appears that Haiti has long gotten a bum rap. Like Mexico, we… Continue
Chapter 3, You Have Become Mexican, is about the relationship between Mexico and the United States, specifically about the poverty in Mexico and its causes. Most American's would think that it is the Mexican's own fault that they are poor, with their corruption problems in government, drug lords, and lack of America's natural business savvy. Raj Patel makes a strong case that the real problems with Mexico actually lie in America, even in some of our attempts to help Mexico.
I have started reading Stuffed and Starved, by Raj Patel, and will be analyzing it in blog posts. I am interested in the book (and similar works by this author) because Raj Patel is intimately familiar with the problems the book presents. Specifically, I am interested in poverty and lack of food in developing countries and how to resolve those problems.
I am a libertarian and am already very biased towards deregulation and free market solutions to these problems. However, such… Continue
One of the issues I am concerned with in our government discussions is how to enforce the constitution, either of the micro-states or of the central government. Originally, I didn't have much of an answer and assumed it would have to be enforced by the governments themselves. This series of videos presents an alternative method, at least for stopping governments from acting outside of their constitution. The idea is that local governments have the right to declare government actions… Continue
I find church government very interesting, especially in comparison to America's modern, two party political system. There are no parties. There are not a set amount of elected positions and candidates do not run against each other. The leadership acts as stewards and servants of the congregation. There are no taxes, so the system works entirely on donations. Church membership is required for participation in business meetings and voting, but membership does not require donations either.… Continue
Traditionally, the Book of Judges is taught as a period of rebellion against God with short periods of obedience. This is probably true and I am not disputing it. Indeed, Judges 2:16-19 says,
"Then the LORD raised up judges, who saved them out of the hands of these raiders.
Yet they would not listen to their judges but prostituted themselves to
other gods and worshiped them. Unlike their fathers, they quickly
turned from the way in which their fathers had walked, the way… Continue
I was arguing on the nerdfighter government forums that before we start seriously writing a Nerdfighterian Government constitution, we need to research the great historical works of philosophy and discussion of government. I wanted to blog our findings so other nerdfighters could observe and help build a Nerdfighter consensus on the responsibilities. Since I am interested in the Bible's perspective on these issues and am already familiar with it, I am going to start with some of… Continue
I'm working on a post on the Suzerain / Vassal covenant. In the meantime, I've been watching through some Youtube videos.
This one is about how the US Government has abused the US constitution. While you might disagree about the particular abuses, it is good viewing so we can figure out how to write a constitution which is capable of defending itself.
This one is about natural rights. He introduces some viewpoints I haven't heard before. I think it needs… Continue