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On Self-Interest

A powerful question that I have been grappling with the last few years is: Who am I living for? I’ve been grappling with this ever since I’ve begun considering the possibility that this life is all we get. The answer that I have settled on for now is: myself. When I think about what it means to live for myself I no longer need to stress whether or not my actions make others happy. My life is my own. Why? Because I say so. I want my life to be my own, and my actions to serve my own ends. I am not ashamed to write this. Or this: My world revolves around me. Or this: If your behavior is incompatible with my desired ends, the meeting of my needs, then you are dispensable. Or this: I only want people in my life that are instrumental in the meeting of my needs. Or this: I don’t owe anyone a damn thing; I will work for what I want and seize every opportunity to make my life more fulfilling. Call it selfishness or call it enlightenment. What you think is irrelevant. And that’s today’s two cents. Skyler. continue reading

On Social Obligations

Elders in every age complain about the rising “disrespectfulness” of the coming generations. “Kids these days” don’t show the same respect for others, including their elders, as kids used to, or so it goes. What is called “disrespect” seems to me more often than not the willful disregard for social obligation. It is “disrespectful” to help your kid through a tantrum in a restaurant rather than just taking him outside, or, to not hold doors open for others (usually for girls and elders). There are other social obligations that have disappeared, like gays staying properly in the closet, or women wearing only dresses and down to their feet, or blacks using the other bathroom. Some social obligations our elders are okay with seeing them gone, but other obligations, not so much. That social obligations are disappearing some might argue is a good thing. It means that we have become more free to be who we want to be and to do things how we want to do them and for our own intrinsic reasons, rather than for fear of punishment. It also means that people aren’t being coerced from an early age to “respect” social obligations. For elders, that might seem unfair. They were coerced to respect them and expect to be treated the same way they were coerced to treat their elders in their day. Guess what elders? “Life isn’t fair!” Amiright? What do you think about respecting social obligations? And that’s today’s two cents. Skyler. continue reading

On Big State Libertarians

When libertarians argue that because we live in a statist society we should advocate for the state to perform functions that private owners would in a stateless society – things like border control and crime prevention – what they are in essence advocating is the growth or enlargement of the state apparatus. There is absolutely nothing libertarian about “solutions” of this sort to the problems we face from immigration and crime. On the contrary, these are 100% statist solutions regardless of their likelihood of being performed by private owners in a stateless society, as evidenced by how much larger and more powerful the state becomes by their adoption. Libertarians who advocate for this sort of thing can hardly be considered libertarians at all. And that’s today’s two cents. Skyler. continue reading

On Closed-Border Libertarians

Closed-border libertarians, such as Lew Rockwell and Hans Hoppe are in essence arguing that because the State can’t or won’t keep the loot its stolen out of the hands of immigrants, we should call on the State to send its murderous goons to secure its imaginary border. Further, such a call is a de facto recognition that the State has some legitimate role to play in our society, the same State both of these staunch defenders of liberty and my own personal mentors claim has no legitimacy or authority to exist at all. Does anything about that argument sound even remotely libertarian? Methinks not. And that’s today’s two cents. Skyler. continue reading

On “Illegals”

Undocumented immigrants only reside in their new home illegally if the laws against their being there apply to them. How can we say that they do? What evidence is there that so-called immigration laws apply to any immigrant? First it must be established on what basis immigration laws exist. Supposedly, they exist on the basis of Constitutional authority. Second it must be established that said laws conform to said authority. Third it must be established that Constitutional authority itself applies to anyone. What evidence is there that the Constitution applies to anyone, let alone immigrants? There’s a Constitution, with signatures by long dead men, but so far I’ve seen no link between that centuries-old document with centuries-old signatures made by race-conquering criminals, and anyone alive today. Therefore, to call someone an “illegal” is to engage in both gross dishonesty and logical fallacy (Amazing Familiarity). And that’s today’s two cents. Skyler. continue reading

On Surveillance

Thinking about little microphones and cameras all over your house and neighborhood is a creepy and enraging thing; this idea that someone may be recording my every noise and move for current or future viewing. Raise your hand if you find something like that unjustifiably invasive, unethical, and, dare I say, evil. Does it even matter who it is? Who would choose to live like that? Who would consciously choose to allow their every breath to be recorded and reviewed over the course of their entire life? Of course those who chose to believe in deity chose to live like this every day. God is watching us, as it were. And that’s today’s two cents. Skyler. continue reading

On Social Concepts

While it might be unpopular to say, I feel I must say it: in my thoughtful opinion, social concepts like property, justice, law, and rights are not really what volumes written about them say they are, rather, they are simply whatever concerned people agree they are. When people come together to negotiate and agree on what constitutes valid property claims, acts of justice, rules of behavior (law), and entitlements (rights), these social concepts become established norms and conventions among said people. And according to everyone involved, that’s okay. Why shouldn’t it be? If one is found behaving incompatibly with these norms and conventions, the rest will ostracize him. Or, if he poses a serious threat, banish or kill him, which acts are themselves consequences established by said norms and conventions. What do you think of that? And that’s today’s two cents. Skyler. continue reading

On SCOTUS II

The recent SCOTUS ruling on gay marriage has the very real effect of forcing States, Counties, Cities, Townships, and other political bodies to license and recognize same-sex marriages within the United States. Is it not conceivable that this ruling will also force non-political bodies to recognize same-sex marriages? Bodies like businesses and churches. Should it? Would that be something to celebrate? The coercing of others to accept your lifestyle, whether gay or straight? Are we not now on a slippery slope toward not only forcing recognition and acceptance of same-sex marriage, but perhaps also the performance and hosting of same-sex weddings? What in the history of statism would assure us that we are not on that path? The state is primarily about control, not liberty. We would all do well to remember that. And that’s today’s two cents. Skyler. continue reading

On SCOTUS

Those that feel anything toward the SCOTUS ruling on so-called “gay marriage” feel quite strongly one way or the other. Many are lamenting the decision, while many others are celebrating it. Frankly, I’m disgusted by both sides. Why shouldn’t gays be allowed to marry? Mind your own business, I say. Just as importantly, why should we celebrate a SCOTUS ruling, any SCOTUS ruling? That’s like celebrating the slave master for giving his slaves more leisure time. That this charade even exists is a moral outrage. Free the slaves! Abolish SCOTUS! Smash the state! (Nonviolently, of course.) Then we’ll have true cause to celebrate. And that’s today’s two cents. Skyler. continue reading

On Transacceptance

Want to change hair color? Want to change genders? Want to change races? Want to change species? I really don’t care. All I care about is: What value can you bring to my life? What can you sell me? What can you offer me? In a world where we aren’t forced to relate with or accept those we just don’t want to relate with or accept because reasons, that’s all that really matters. Offer me something of value and let’s trade, or move on with your life. I will do likewise. And that’s today’s two cents. Skyler. continue reading