Showing posts from October, 2009

Who is the victim?

The meaning of freedom is interesting.  Everyone wants freedom and everyone has a different meaning of what freedom is.

The enlightenment definition of freedom is what most libertarians would subscribe to.  That is freedom from the coercive force of government.  You can't have the state enforcing a religion because that would violate my personal freedoms.  You can think of this form of freedom as the 'leave me alone freedom'.

The other kind of 'freedom' involves positive rights.  You require something of someone else.  For example, universal health care is a kind of freedom knowing that you don't need to worry about paying for health care.  Yet, the actual work requires doctors, nurses, medical research and engineers to provide the work for you.  Or social security requires other workers to give up their money so you can retire nicely.

White Freedom, Black Slavery
One the most extreme examples of positive rights involves the freedom gained by white people during…

The 3 Little Pigs and the Financial Collapse

"“Those of us who have looked to the self-interest of lending institutions to protect shareholders’ equity, myself included, are in a state of shocked disbelief,” Alan Greespan (2008).

This little admission came during the after shocks of the great financial crises.  Greenspan who had pushed for deregulation for financial institutions appeared stunned.  Socialists and everyone on the left appeared vindicated by this statement.  Capitalism has failed!  We need more government was word of the day.
Libertarians and fiscal conservatives ranting about how what we have is not real capitalism, so don't blame capitalism when government involvement in the first place is the problem!

The strange thing is that with respect to this financial crises, both of them (the libertarians and the big government folks) are right.  Not on the same side of course, but both are right.  The only wrong are the people defending the status quo.  Strange as it may seem, I think we'll end up with the …