State of the Discussion

The posts in play...

A Response to ‘Democracy, Coercion, and Liberty’
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Just Because Someone’s Not an Engineer Does Not Make Them a Hippie
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Nothing succeeds like repeated failure
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How Finding a Job is Like Losing Your Keys
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The Dead Dragon and the Living Dragon
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Fantasy and the Anglosphere
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College is a Consumption Good
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The comments...

Kimmi

Someone forgot to pay their income tax on that "alternate currency" that Friedman was advocating. Those people got jailtime.

62across
+ James - I am having a hard time reconciling this: Most of us libertarians, at least those with whom I have any regular communication, are just [. . .]
+ Kimmi, You mean market failures justify government intervention?  Congrats, you, too, may be a libertarian.  Because letting market failures go unchecked is not what we mean [. . .]
Kimmi
+ Creative? (if what you're trying to say is "no, silly, without another company, it can't be free market" that's just circular logic). There were plenty [. . .]
+ I claim that a free market is not a stable solution, but an unstable equilibrium that naturally trends towards oligopoly or monopoly (mostly through economies [. . .]
+ Milton Friedman, whose wise nostrums about Deregulation and Free Markets led us into the present abyss Bzzt.  There's some of that bumper-sticker argumentation that Tod was [. . .]
+ If we're going to stand on ceremony, it should be Dr. Blunt (cue infinite medical marijuana tangents) or Dr. Object (which sounds rather like a [. . .]
joey jo jo shabadoo jr.

who dares to raise broder's corpse with cries of "both sides do it"?  its a gigantic tell.

Kimmi

I consider this a good thing. all ideas improve by throwing them against a good defense.

+ Why is the beginning always that the libertarian has to play defense?  I've yet to meet one liberal complaining about credit-default swaps who can coherently [. . .]
Kimmi
+ You knew doom was upon us, the day George W Bush made a good appointment -- Bernanke. Extra Credit: Bernanke's field of study was the Great [. . .]
Jason Kuznicki
+ I notice that libertarians in general use bumper-sticker language when making arguments or criticizing other political strips. It's either that, or we go on for thousands [. . .]
wardsmith
+ BlaiseP? Where ya been man? The communitariat misses you. BTW you make some good (*albeit harsh) points but are in line with what I would [. . .]
BlaiseP
+ Perhaps you might dispense some of the same guff with which you damn the Socialists upon the likes of Ayn Rand and Milton Friedman, whose [. . .]
+ I notice that libertarians in general use bumper-sticker language when making arguments Do liberals really do differently?  I suspect there is a case of selective attention [. . .]
Kimmi
+ James, speaking as a liberal who does like libertarianism in her philosophy, it means Pay The Fuck Attention To the Boundary Conditions. 1) A free market requires [. . .]
Bruce Webb
+ You applied an "enormously broad brush" against "left wingers" who on being "interviewed" would unfair able reveal themselves to be closet communist. Not a lot [. . .]
BlaiseP
+ Let's start at the beginning.   You explain to all and sundry what a credit default swap is and how it works.   Be sure to explain [. . .]
Patrick Cahalan

If you live long enough, eventually you will run into your younger, better looking, and smarter alter ego.

Patrick Cahalan
+ But I will tell you that the person the gets the job is always someone that has networked into the organization. This is my experience, and [. . .]
Jason Kuznicki
+ I stand by the quoted words. It's really pathetic, in the proper sense of that word, to consider the way that communism let down people like [. . .]
+ The free market is never free. It must be regulated else it collapses in shit and ruin. Blaise, I like you based on most of what [. . .]
Mike
+ "The federal income tax schemes..." To quote Ronald Reagan, "there you go again." Federal income tax is less than 20% of the federal tax burden. Income [. . .]
wardsmith
+ My son went to college to get a Computer Engineering degree (trying to follow in his dad's footsteps I suppose). Although he had no real [. . .]
Kimmi

And remember to Smile! Be excited, this is a great opportunity!

BlaiseP
+ The problem with a Libertarian solution starts with a definition of the problem. Kuznickian theory of natural rights might start with less-tendentious prose than this [. . .]

OK, but your class might prefer just to hear my voice without actually having to look at me.

+ James, I have two general responses to this - neither of which I suspect you are going to like. The first is that when I see [. . .]
Joe G
+ The country of Xing is clearly supposed to be China, and the Ishvalans are probably meant to represent the middle East. I would agree that [. . .]
+ Tod I may have to have you talk to my Career Seminar class via Skype the next time I teach it (two years hence!).  This [. . .]
Joe G
+ Sure. I could cite to you dozens of anime and manga that traffic in the same tropes as do modern fantasy stories. I could also [. . .]
+ It comes as no surprise to anyone most interviewers have no idea how to manage the process of candidate selection. I would add that most applicants/interviewees [. . .]
Steve S.
+ "Ever lose your keys? It sucks." You know what sucks worse?  Being around people who lose their keys.  Ye gods, that drives me insane.  You shouldn't [. . .]
wardsmith

okay. my rhetoric has surpassed my knowledge.

The most honest and brilliant comment ever by Kimmi

Franz Schubert

They have to mean Australian, no?

Jason Kuznicki
+ "Hey, you want to help us stop the War on Drugs?" "No thanks, you've failed to come up with the solution to a problem that no [. . .]
Kimmi
+ I had a job offer like that. Or near enough to make sense, at any rate. It was a career change, too -- moving from [. . .]
Franz Schubert
+ All things considered, it seems the very hardest of the hardcore Libertarians and softer core Freemasons would make strange bedfellows.   Their paths are certainly similar but [. . .]
+ Pat : Almost never.  If ever. We don't have a policy that we must post all job openings to the entire world, so if we have [. . .]
Kimmi
+ *snickers* if you can't quote Mises while explaining this latest unpleasantness... [bonddad had a great post up explaining why it wasn't the CRA that caused [. . .]
Patrick Cahalan
+ You can assume that if it is possible for my post to be snarky, snarkiness is at least 50% likely to be the major contributing [. . .]
Kimmi

Friedman, Greenspan? *looks at wikipedia* okay. my rhetoric has surpassed my knowledge. guess I meant Chicago school.

+ Austrian...Chicago school....now you're just making my head hurt. Although to be sure, given Austria's land-locked status, I suppose they must all be freshwater economists of a [. . .]

Your error was in assuming I'm sophisticated enough to not need the /snark tag.

If you're not Keynes, you're an Austrian from the Chicago school.

+ That's all fine and good, but my focus is on the facts on the ground: it is rational for corporations to string me along until [. . .]

The Austrian school which favors monetary stimulus

Eh?  Since when did the Austrians become monetarists?

 
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