My problem is that I have lots of ideas and get started on them but never have the time to finish them. That or I find something new that grabs my interest before I’m done. Case in point: the following are ideas about politics that I never managed to combine into something coherent but here they are anyway in case I somday find the time to edit this…
“It seems to me that socialists today can preserve their position in academic economics merely by the pretense that the differences are entirely moral questions about which science cannot decide.”
From A Conversation with Friedrich A. von Hayek, AEI, Washington D.C., 1979:
Lead into the religious right.
“It seems to me that the religious right today can preserve their position in politics merely by the pretense that the differences are entirely moral questions about which science cannot decide.” House
The roof of many a holy man’s mouth have been burned as a result of the theory of a man named Max Planck. His theory of electromagnetic radiation and the microwave ovens that followed are a way of life for those of us that cook too much on purpose to avoid two piles of dishes. Likewise the legs of many of the left have been burned by sun heated leather after returning to their expensive convertable cars. Cars they can afford because of free markets and (relatively) small government we enjoy in America.
My intent isn’t to point out that people are wrong. The point is that facts are irrelevant when crafting a plan to get people to vote for truth. Irony. So what do those two worldviews offer that is so appealing to the majority of humans? Hope. Consciousness is an accident then we weren’t designed to contemplate our origins.
Science will not slowly find it’s way into acceptance. Schools are still trying to ban the teaching of evolution years after the monkey trial. The decline in church enrollment is only and indication that people are more accepting of personal spirituality. That’s good for a libertarian movement.
Tax breaks for science.
Political Science is a misnomer if we’re going to allow it to be influenced by superstition.
God vs. Unemployment
Give the wise fable that Aesop… there was no talking cat.
The strange part is that really smart people believe in these things. More evidence that our basal needs trump intellect, Clinton/Lewinsky. If we are savages, why
We’re hell bent on proving the opposition wrong.
To preserve our freedoms and prosperity we have to lead
http://www.asanet.org/media/pressrel0507.html”As to the role of secularization (i.e., skepticism), the researchers did not find this to be a cause of the increase in “no religion,” because most “no religion” responders maintain religious faith, a belief in God, and a belief in life after death.”
After the passage of the legislation, Jefferson wrote Madison to express his pride in Virginia’s leadership on this crucial issue. “(I)t is comfortable to see the standard of reason at length erected, after so many ages, during which the human mind has been held in vassalage by kings, priests and nobles, and it is honorable for us, to have produced the first legislature who had the courage to declare, that the reason of man may be trusted with the formation of his own opinions.”
Why is it that the religous right questions that piles of bones we unearth but not the food heated by their microwave?
Pace of innovation is accelerating
Social questions are no longer separate from economic questions.
Hayek (Responsibility party)
The recent articles about a new party are intended to scare Rove straight. Of course they still have to get elected.
Environmentalism is OK.
The underlying cause of this pain is ignored becuase the benefits associated with it are overwhelming.
The world was sick because it lacked the medicine to free our ideas. Communication advances, the Internet, is that medicine. The old herbal remedies we’ve been applying for decades are no longer needed.
Learn from Open Source
What is the 5th institutuion press business.
In the future, those with good ideas, smart people will have the money. Mark Cuban funding Grokster. Strategy for the “new party”
3rd issue is do only what needs to be done, interstate highway was a good idea.
The idea that libertarians selfish is stupid. The record unemployment in Germany because of big government is supposed to be generous?
Lets say I’m a “selfish” Libertarian and only tip 10%. My German counterpart considers himself generous with a 15% tip. I order top shelf booze, the left winger, lets call him Gerhard, can only afford the half priced booze. If you were the bartender would you rather have me as the tipper and get a $10 tip or the generous Gerhard and get a $7.50? If you have a job then consider yourself the bartender. You can consider libertarians selfish but only if you’d rather have the $7.50. Not to mention the fact that Europeans don’t tip(not entirely true). There is no consequece for bad service in Europe. In a nice restrant a few blocks from the vatican city, I ordered pasta and received a microwaved frozen dinner. Not even on a plate, still in the box.
People with a lot of money are more careful about how to donate it than the government. People with money tend to be smart and the aren’t influenced by money because they have enough that they can give it away. Bill Gates, the pinnacle of greed, has donated Billions to charity. Money that in the hands of the government would likely end up in pork projects.
Charity subject to free market principles may just flourish. Tax brakes for charitable donations could be increased.
Candlemakers protest sunlight. Satire, big government damage is harder to see.
Mention The Bush strategy of Ownership society and Rove’s tradeoff of spending for longterm small government gain.
Address the other side:
Vulgarized culture, V-Chip.
Military? Jupiter sucks in the asteroids and lets us live.
Cato Institute relationship to the Powell doctrine
Address patience. Bloggers.
Noam Chomsky “case Noam Chomsky makes when he refers to “private tyranny”.” Relate to his lack of understanding of bloggers.