Showing posts from October, 2014

Knowledge, Wisdom, and Wealth

I live in a great age. Despite all the problems in the world, the present era has so much knowledge, wisdom, and wealth from which I can benefit to my heart's content, and benefit I have. At 30 years old, here's what I've gained, and how it's helped me. A quick note, this is not all that I have gained, just that which I value the most. Read the rest at EVC.

What is Wrong?

"Wrong" is one of these terms that have several meanings. A dictionary lookup tells me that wrong, as an adjective, means, "1) not correct or true, 2) unjust, dishonest, or immoral." Here's a little commentary on that, and then a list of the things I consider wrong. Read the rest at EVC.

The Ethics of Voluntaryism

Having recently written columns explaining both the philosophy of voluntaryism and the voluntary principle on which its based, I thought it would be fun to take a stab at voluntaryist ethics. We who value morality and doing the right thing have an obligation - self-imposed - to find a philosophy compatible with moral living. Voluntaryism is that philosophy. I will first define my terms, and then follow with an outline. Read the rest at EVC.

Whence Cometh Respect?

I think that many people are confused about what respect is and where it comes from. Some claim that respect is owed by virtue of who they are, say a parent, or of what they've done for someone, such as bought them something or otherwise provided for their material needs. Others claim that respect is owed by virtue of title. And further, when one does what another commands without question, this is called respect. All of these kinds of people and ideas are wrong, and here's why. Read the rest at EVC.

The Philosophy of Voluntaryism

Philosophy is, etymologically, the "love of wisdom". One of the best ways I've read to define wisdom is this saying, "Knowledge is knowing that a tomato is a fruit; wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad." In other words, knowledge is what is known, and wisdom is the proper use of that knowledge in relation to one's purposes. The discovery and application of wisdom is the purpose of philosophy. And because wisdom is useful in all sorts of endeavors, there are different types of philosophies. Voluntaryism is a multifaceted philosophy with broad application. Read the rest at EVC.

In Defense of Rational Prejudice

Many a modern popular commentator and political pundit rail against prejudice. They say that that we shouldn't judge others on the basis of gender, race, sexual orientation, religion, or other such characteristics. They claim that all prejudice is evil. But is it? Read the rest at EVC.

LPL - September 2014 Update

In September 2014, LPL sold 525 books across North America and Europe. Here are the top 5: 103 copies,  For a New Liberty  - Murray N. Rothbard 48 copies,  Principles of Economics  - Carl Menger 33 copies,  Economics for Real People  - Gene Callahan 24 copies,  The Mystery of Banking  - Murray N. Rothbard 20 copies, The Bastiat Collection, Vol. 1  - Frederic Bastiat LPL's all time top 5 bestsellers are: For a New Liberty - Murray N. Rothbard Our Enemy, the State - Albert Jay Nock Principles of Economics - Carl Menger Fascism vs. Capitalism  - Lew Rockwell The Mystery of Banking  - Murray N. Rothbard