Monday, October 9, 2017

Culture and Liberty



Something I recall doing maybe once or twice in the past: offering a link to an essay by another author without also offering any substantial comment:

Cultural Erosion and Violence, by David Hathaway.

Just a couple of comments: Hathaway makes a connection that I haven’t made before, at least not so directly (I may have seen this in the fog, but never so clearly); a libertine culture will not survive and will always fall into violence, thereby ensuring more calls for state action; absent the state, libertine lifestyles will find no soil in which to grow.

All of this and much more can be found in Hathaway’s piece.

11 comments:

  1. It is past time we have the common sense democratic party limitations in our USA. One party is responsible for our illegal immigration problem. One party wants to change, end our American experiment as it has been known for over 200 years. One party claims the mantle of death for our most innocent.

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  2. I quoted this a few months back:

    “That which is not free is not responsible, and that which is not responsible is not moral. In other words, freedom is the condition of morality.” - Thomas Davidson

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  3. And where does morality come from? There are many within libertarianism that wouldn't like the most rational answer!

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    1. Can you state what is "the most rational answer?" Your conclusion is not at all obvious to me.

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    2. "And where does morality come from?"

      Storks, of course.

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    3. Oh, either something transcendent to humans or it doesn't exist.

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  4. Thanks for posting this. I followed the link to Hathaway's website which seems inactive. His last few articles on LRC are not there, but I did find some great articles. A two part article on the DEA and one on Benjamin Franklin really stood out.

    The one on Franklin makes me think someone should write a book about the founding fathers (or at least most of them,) called "Dirty Rotten Scoundrels."

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    1. Jeff, I can't tell if you are pulling my leg or if you are sincere! I will go with the latter.

      Ask and ye shall receive:

      http://bionicmosquito.blogspot.com/2013/10/the-lost-story-of-american-revolution.html

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    2. Thanks for the link. Too bad that book didn't get the kind of attention that Dilorenzo's books about Lincoln have received.

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    3. It is a really good book by Jensen. I wrote seven or eight posts based on it; these can be found in the bibliography.

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  5. Thanks for this one

    Owyhee cowboy

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