Robert Murphy, an Austrian school economist at the institute for energy research, has challenged mainstream economist Paul Krugman to a debate on the business cycle. Krugman would of course simply ignore the challenge, but Murphy has come up with a clever way of making it happen. In short, if Krugman debates Murphy, thousands of dollars will be donated to a food bank in New York depending on how many people contribute.
Murphy is a champion of free market principles and sound money. Krugman has been a proponent of the steady rise in government interventionism and government deficit spending. Choose your side, and make your pledge at: http://www.thepoint.com/campaigns/campaign-0-1240
I recently watched the popular Zeitgeist: Moving forward documentary. At first I really liked it, and I still do like many things about it. All except the Marxist ideas expressed in it. After reading A synthesis of the Russian textbook on psycho-politics and learning about the consequences of oppressing the free individual, I realized that the Zeitgeist series is the perfect example of mixing in a lie with many truths to deceive people. It makes capitalism out to be evil, but free market capitalism only seems bad because we actually don’t have a free market today, and haven’t since the late 1800′s. We have a highly regulated crony-capitalist system. I do agree that we have a “value system disorder” and many issues with finite resources, but Marxism is just not the answer. The real solution is to restore our republic, in which the government cannot be swayed in favor of the elite. A government that has no ability to manipulate the market.
I think Stefan Molyneux gave a good critique of the documentary:
“The individual is solely responsible for giving his or her own life meaning and for living that life passionately and sincerely, in spite of many existential obstacles and distractions including despair, angst, absurdity, alienation, and boredom.”-Soren Kierkegaard
Do you spend more time on Wikipedia than you do facebook?
Is despair a merit or a defect? Purely dialectically it is both. If one were to think of despair only in the abstract, without reference to some particular despairer, one would have to say it is an enormous merit. The possibility of this sickness is man’s advantage over the beast, and it is an advantage which characterizes him quite otherwise than the upright posture, for it bespeaks the infinite erectness or loftiness of his being spirit. The possibility of this sickness is man’s advantage over the beast; to be aware of this sickness is the Christian’s advantage over natural man; to be cured of this sickness is the Christian’s blessedness.
– Anti-Climacus, The Sickness Unto Death p. 45
Think about religion/philosophy/meaning of life/problems of the world much?
Of all the networks out there, adult swim has the best(or worst) track record for strange shows. If you want to watch some good tv when your high or shrooming, these shows would do just fine.
1. “Xavier: Renegade Angel”
“What *is* this place and who *am* I? I don’t remember my name. All I remember is that I don’t know my name, and that I can’t remember if I do know my, uh, um.” Read the rest of this entry
Cadillac’s new ad aimed at the 40 year old starting to feel a little bit…docile.