My Cato Essays
Posted 12 June 2015 - 10:57 AM
Posted 15 July 2015 - 05:32 PM
My latest essay in the series on Freethought and Freedom: "Spinoza on Freedom of Religion and Speech."
The first two parts of my series "Ayn Rand and Altruism" are now available on podcasts.
Posted 15 July 2015 - 06:18 PM
You didn't get lazy. You got married.
Rational Individualist, Rational self-interest, Individual Rights--limited government libertarian heavily influenced by Objectivism
Posted 17 July 2015 - 08:22 PM
Smith explains the fundamentals of Spinoza’s theory of rights and government.
My Libertarianism.org Essay #176 has been posted.
Posted 07 August 2015 - 02:13 PM
Smith explains the role of the Catholic Church in the French government, and how Meslier reconciled his atheism with his role as a priest.
My Libertarianism.org Essay #179 is now up.
Posted 15 August 2015 - 01:48 AM
Smith explains Meslier’s three major objections to Christian morality, as taught by Jesus.
My Libertarianism.org Essay #180 is now available.
Posted 15 August 2015 - 06:49 AM
Listening to Part One: AR and Altruism raises again how deeply embedded have been Comte's notions right until today. Though nobody could or would, now or ever, absorb and use them in totality (they are so ludicrous and vicious) - still, his 'ideal' remains behind as the ultimate we must aim for, with guilt the cost for ever falling short. I'm fairly certain that Rand applied herself directly against the Comtean version (even if she didn't read all of his spewings), not today's usually diluted remnants of 'acceptable' and reciprocal altruism, and fired back in kind with her own uncompromising radical egoism. His strong poison needed her stronger antidote. The general failure to practise altruism a la Comte, tells of its anti-mind/human premises - but being unable to consistently practise anything as wrong as this never seems to put people fully off (quite the contrary...). Thanks Ghs, you give a really good broad view and insight here.
Posted 20 August 2015 - 02:13 AM
Instead of a Review: A Commentary on Libertarianism: What Everyone Needs to Know, by Jason Brennan, Part 2
Posted 21 August 2015 - 10:01 AM
Smith critically examines the claim that Meslier was a communist anarchist.
My Libertarianism.org Essay #181 has been posted.
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