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Favorite "almost president"? Aaron Burr, who missed it by "that much," that is, "by Hamilton"; didn't miss Hamilton, later. #IndependentsFBN
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The gist of indivualism - what all forms of individualism are really about. http://www.wirkman.com/Wirkman/Netizen/Entries/2012/5/22_The_gist_of_individualism.html
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Notes towards the redefinition of servility.
Political Puzzles. By Robin Hanson · November 12, 2011 2:30 pm · Comments (12) · « Prev · Next ». Some puzzling political phenomena I've pondered lately: We trust government more when we feel vuln...
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I have long scoffed at those who decry the common lack of a "historical sense." Paeans to History seemed cheap, to me, and coming from most of its encomiasts such talk proved self-refuted at the get-go. Further, it seemed just another excuse for one group of professional specialists and enthusiastic amateurs to lord it over folk with divergent hobbies. And yet ...

I have had a sense of history since age seven. I read widely on ancient and American civilization and personages. Inculcated in the family mythos, Christianity, I investigated Greek mythology, too. My obsession with paleontology was not a mere dinosaur phase, but a fascination with vast spans of time, and together with astronomy provided a cosmic sense. Early I was attuned to the contingent and accidental,while still looking for general principles. While still a Christian I studied Christian history - a real rarity these days - and understood, then, truly, what a horrifying animal man can be, especially when dogma rules ethical thought as well as speculative matters (which are the traditional subjects of religion). Even as i explored the human sciences, I never forgot to ponder either the big picture or the minute details of the past.

Perhaps the reason Americans tolerate such enormities and absurdities from their government is that even the nicest citizens utterly lack a sense of perspective that a good education (very hard to get, formally) might provide. Foolishly proud in his ignorance, whether tea party or occupier, your average American is, as far as the real sense of history runs, an utter fool.
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Ok Wirkman. At least some of us know how much we don't know. So what prompted this rant? LOL
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Dear Mr. Hoang, I'm afraid I disagree. Spencer very much considered the state an essential institution, and listed its duties ... dutifully. The closest he got to a "withering away of the state" thesis — a thesis speculated upon by Thoreau, and promoted by the great economist Gustave de Molinari — was in the chapter about the right to ignore the state in SOCIAL STATICS. 

But Spencer did not draw a full anarchism in that chapter, and he repudiated the very idea later in life, on the grounds of the free rider problem. See his own review of his first book, as printed in his AUTOBIOGRAPHY. It was reprinted in Liberty as a review of a reprint of the book, back in the late 1980s or early 1990s.
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An old joke of mine, newly iMovied. 
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This would've been better if the Twilight dude were not so annoying. Still: touché.
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I think Buffy would've had the appropriate response to Edward's creepiness.

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The market order encompasses competition, co-operation, and non-compliance. Renegades hate this order because one advances only by co-operation; serviles hate it for the rigors of rivalry; tyrants hate it for its endemic divergences seen as disobedience. Individuals who accept the order must see the dialectical unity of all three elements, and embrace them as prerequisites for robust sociality. This takes maturity and intelligence. Hence the popularity of anti-market thought.
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The word "non-compliance" might be the problem. I mean non-co-operation, actually. The market order is based on voluntary co-operation - and it's the ability to NOT co-operate with this scheme or that which makes it work. But some folk hate having to co-operate AT ALL. These I called "renegades," though I was tempted to use "froward"...
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