From: "Lee Corbin" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
> Thanks for the pithy explanations.
You're very welcome.
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> It certainly seems the case to me that, for the most
> part, capitalism arises from freedom, from each person
> implicitly following the axiom "Let no one be the first
> to initiate use of force, except in the defense of
> private property". Taxation, on the other hand, cannot
> take place without men with guns coming onto someone
> else's property and extorting payment. People who favor
> redistribution schemes should certainly admit that that's
> what their proposals imply.
No question about that! The social-benefit-at-the-point-of-a-gun people remind
me of those who believe pacifism is the only idea worth fighting for. Amazing
what people can manage to make themselves believe. In his chapter "Why
Belief," Pascal Boyer (_Religion Explained_) writes this:
" ...beliefs would vanish if people were more consistent in applying
commonsense principles of mental management like the following:
Only allow clear and precise thoughts to enter your [brain].
Only allow consistent thoughts.
Consider the evidence for a claim before accepting it.
Only consider refutable claims."
Useless hypotheses, etc.:
consciousness, phlogiston, philosophy, vitalism, mind, free will, qualia,
analog computing, cultural relativism, GAC, CYC, and ELIZA
Everything that can happen has already happened, not just once,
but an infinite number of times, and will continue to do so forever.
(Everything that can happen = more than anyone can imagine.)
We won't move into a better future until we debunk religiosity, the most
regressive force now operating in society.
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