Philosophy Politics

Inalienable Rights Defined

(Originally posted here) I had a request the other day to elaborate on how I would define inalienable rights without including god as the architect. This is a summation of what I’ve posted before on the subject. Simply put, You exist. You exist as a individual, capable of sustaining your own life. The requirements for …

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Philosophy Politics

DRM: Moderate?

I’m apparently a moderate on the subject. According to this Information Week story: Calling themselves freedom fighters, members of the Free Software Foundation are engaging in a campaign against Digital Rights Management, which they emphatically refer to as Digital Restrictions Management. Everytime I hear the phrase freedom fighter, I think of the old Robin Williams …

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Philosophy Politics

DRM: Who’s Rights are They?

The announcement from Universal last week brought up the subject of DRM, a sore spot for me and most of the people who listen to online music. But you would think that it had been smooth sailing for all these online years, if you believed the arguments that I’ve seen over the last week. Napster …

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Fandom Humor

Where’s Flash?

Here’s a prime example of a film that needs to be re-issued. Couldn’t even find it to rent: The DVD is only available used, and only at twice the original sales price. On laserdisc format it’s available used at a third the original sales price. Obviously less demand there. I’ve got part of the soundtrack …

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Philosophy Podcast Politics

Constitution Day

Constitution Day is today (Sunday, the 17th of September) not that the average citizen would know this. If you look on the average calendar, you probably won’t find a mention of the day, which is a sad state of affairs when it comes to honoring one of the most important documents in American history. When …

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Economics Podcast Politics

Constitutional Money

Every time I get into a discussion of money, someone brings up the Constitutional limitations on states, including the limitations of what can be accepted as money, which is found in Art I, Sec. 10, Clause 1, it reads: No State shall enter into any Treaty, Alliance, or Confederation; grant Letters of Marque and Reprisal; …

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Libertarian

US Mint vs. ALD: Story Spreads

Is the warning shot story growing legs? It’s got 4 mentions today, USA Today, Free Market News Network, Asheville Citizen-Times and the original Rocky Mountain News story. Check this link to see if the number increases. Only the USA Today story mentions a rebuttal from NORFED and the Liberty Dollar. In fact, not even the …

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Libertarian

Shot across the bow: ALD usage is a crime?

This is a troubling development: Liberty Dollars Not Legal Tender, United States Mint Warns Consumers But the troubling part isn’t in the headline, it’s at the end of the press release: NORFED’s “Liberty Dollar” medallions are specifically marketed to be used as current money in order to limit reliance on, and to compete with the …

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Architecture Politics

Mcmansions follow-up

I posted on the furor over Mcmansions several months back, and neglected to mention that I was on the wrong side of the issue (surprise!) once again. Yep, the all-knowing city council has handed down the decision that no houses greater than 2000 square feet in size will be approved for construction in central city …

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