OHM Philosophy Technical

GIGO is a Thing, or Why Freedom of Speech Isn’t Free

In computer science, garbage in, garbage out (GIGO) describes the concept that flawed, or nonsense input data produces nonsense output or “garbage”. The principle also applies more generally to all analysis and logic, in that arguments are unsound if their premises are flawed. Wikipedia entry on GIGO As a libertarian I used to believe some pretty crazy things. I believed that a dollar was something you worked for, for …

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Politics

Thank you Aaron Burr.

If only Aaron Burr had shot Alexander Hamilton BEFORE he started the destruction of the Constitution with the first Bank of the United States, we might actually owe him thanks. “With the aid of the doctrine of implied powers,” Rossiter wrote approvingly, Hamilton “converted the . . . powers enumerated in Article I, Section 8 …

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Politics

Voting vs. Abstaining

I keep running across well intentioned individuals who seem to think they are achieving something by abstaining from the political process. Other Peoples Politics and Madness of Voting are two of the more recent examples of articles that I’ve read; however, there is a long standing tradition of not voting amongst anarchist and hard-core libertarian …

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Politics

Boiling Frogs

DC City Council Approves Temporary Expansion of Video Surveillance was posted to a list I belong to today with the body of message being “And so it begins”. Begins? This is just the latest phase here in the US. In Britain and in many other places across the world, this type of technology is already …

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Libertarian Politics

Coincidence Conspiracy

Checked the (e)mail today (is there any other kind? That counts, anyway) and discovered that the Lincoln-Kennedy mail chain had reached my inbox again. This makes the forth or fifth time I’ve seen this particular bit of fluff since I got on the ‘net back in the 90’s. If you’ve never seen it, wander over …

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