Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Redesigning This Blog

Due to a few changes at work among other things, I have not been able to keep updating this site. Nonetheless, I along with millions of others have switched over tablets as the primary way to access the Internet. So, I've decided to change my templates a bit. I've been flipping though the templates and have yet to decide which one fits this site. I'll probably pick one that looks good on the tablet. In addition, I have a long list of ideas for future posts that I've been wanting to write out.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Second Thoughts and a New Approach

I have to reject my comments that appeared in my last blog on Gerard Casey's commentary of his paper. However, I will leave them. I came up with a new approach that is more satisfactory in explaining my position. I also need to clarify what I am discussing. I've already laid out what I will write and will post it as time permits.

Sunday, April 8, 2012

Gerard N. Casey on Ownership and Possession

This audio is a really great piece on continuum problems regarding property. Although there are certainly continuum problems with the concept of property, this is not enough to make someone not a propertarian. Individuals began to develop norms to satisfy the continuum problem involving property. Casey uses an example of height. A six foot five inch person might be tall, whereas a five foot five inch person might be short. However, Casey example is a norm, and as a norm it is relative to a particular group of individuals. Tall and short may differ among different groups, although all will have there own unique continuum problems. It will still be a different range. The roles that property undergoes, depends on the habits, customs, institutions and the overall social laws. Time also has continuum problems yet it provides individuals that utilize the same time measurement a reference point from which the individuals of the group can make distinctions with one another. This is also true of measurements of space. They both allow for planning and coordination among individuals. Time and space are measured by way of arbitrary cultural and social conventions. Property can be measured through a number of ways using measuring systems - visual markers, GPS coordination, signs, addresses, etc.. In order for something to be property it must be designated through some type of social convention. The distinction of property is prior to the usage of property. If property was being used for some purposeful use, then it would have already been distinguished through some type of social convention. When do you ever measure air or sea water? When you make some use of it.

I have some more thoughts on this audio that I will have to comment on later.

Gerard N. Casey - Ownership and Possession - Where Do You Draw the Line?

Sunday, February 12, 2012

The Trap (2007)

The Trap: What Happened to Our Dream of Freedom was a 2007 documentary by Adam Curtis. The series begins by examining game theory, Friedrich von Hayek and James M. Buchanan's theories about how individuals seeking their own self-interest do not lead to a downfall of a society.  The last episode ends with the differentiation between the two types of freedom that were establish in the American Revolution (negative freedom or freedom from) and French Revolution (positive freedom or freedom to).

The Trap - Part 1: F**k You, Buddy!

The Trap 2: The Lonely Robot

The Trap - Part 3: We Will Force You To Be Free

Saturday, February 11, 2012

John Law and the Mississippi Bubble (1979)

John Law was a proto-Keynesian monetary theorist from Scotland that inflated the money supply of France, which caused the Mississippi Bubble in 1720. The last three videos provide a historical perspective of John Law and the French Revolution that occurred some 70 years later.  Doug French in the last video wrote a book on this subject: Early Speculative Bubbles and Increases in the Supply of Money.

John Law and the Mississippi Bubble (1979)

Fiat Money Inflation in France: Part 1 - John Law

Fiat Money Inflation in France: Part 2 - Assignats

The Bubble Economy by Douglas French

French starts speaking about John Law around 11:00.  However, the segment before is worth watching.

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

The Power of Nightmares - BBC Documentary

Here is a three part documentary on the common intellectual origins of al-Qaeda and Neo-Conservatism.  The theme of the three parts is the same as the title The Power of Nightmares.  That is, the ability of influencing people with nightmares in the same manner as utopian demagogues influence through dreams.  These false enemies are nothing more than attempts to irradiate individualism and self-interest.

Part 1: Baby It's Cold Outside

Part 2: The Phantom Victory

Part 3: The Shadows in the Cave