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by Indon
Thu Jun 10, 2010 12:55 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: An alternative to progressive redistribution of wealth
Replies: 186
Views: 20814

Re: An alternative to progressive redistribution of wealth

This is like saying "training methods are inconsequential, you just need skilled soldiers." Except that administrative structure =/= administrative functionality. The US military features one of the most well-cultivated business environments in the world - it is not a joint-stock corporat...
by Indon
Thu Jun 10, 2010 12:21 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Market Anarchy
Replies: 209
Views: 27958

Re: Market Anarchy

Is there a way to have qualifiers be meaningfully different from conditions? For example, imagine the morality was "don't kill sapient beings which haven't attacked you." You mean "Don't kill sapient beings unless they attack you ." A moral system can not function on even the mo...
by Indon
Thu Jun 10, 2010 12:08 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Hooked on gadgets, and paying a mental price
Replies: 62
Views: 6788

Re: Hooked on gadgets, and paying a mental price

Ever since they invented extra-delicious low-calorie ice cream that meets all my nutritional needs and automatically cleans my teeth, I've been eating so much of it! I mean sure, it's delicious and good for me, but it's ice cream, surely my wanting to eat it all the time is unhealthy, right? On a se...
by Indon
Thu Jun 10, 2010 12:02 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Radiohead and the collapse of the music label industry
Replies: 104
Views: 9059

Re: Radiohead and the collapse of the music label industry

I really don't understand all the people wishing for the immediate end of the major record companies when there is absolutly nothing to replace them. The major record companies are the reason there's nobody to replace them yet. They've basically stifled competition in every concievable way for deca...
by Indon
Thu Jun 10, 2010 11:47 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Are there too many undergraduates?
Replies: 75
Views: 9248

Re: Are there too many undergraduates?

Well, if you're getting too many people with degrees, clearly you need more people with the right kind of degrees - degrees in fields leading to automation of fields in which you don't need a degree to perform labor. Automation expands the economy because it allows more of us to be eggheads and cure...
by Indon
Wed Jun 09, 2010 2:09 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Professionals and why I'm not one.
Replies: 15
Views: 2431

Re: Professionals and why I'm not one.

I'm pretty sure that, strictly speaking, a professional is a member of a profession. Professions are actually things, you see, it's not just a word that means 'job'.
by Indon
Wed Jun 09, 2010 1:40 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Market Anarchy
Replies: 209
Views: 27958

Re: Market Anarchy

What's so ludicrous about that argument? Well, let's take 'don't kill things' as a sample morality. You're killing invading microbes right now and thus breaking it. Good job, you're a mass murderer. Oh, what, you want to change your morality to "don't kill things except invading microbes"...
by Indon
Wed Jun 09, 2010 1:07 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Objectivism [Philosophy]
Replies: 100
Views: 14709

Re: Objectivism [Philosophy]

Infernovia, I think that is an excessively verbose way of stating the primary qualm with Objectivism's proscriptions: That selfishness, no matter how you dress it up, can be violent and destructive and thus Objectivism's assumption that it can't be is simply false.
by Indon
Tue Jun 08, 2010 7:35 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: An alternative to progressive redistribution of wealth
Replies: 186
Views: 20814

Re: An alternative to progressive redistribution of wealth

I see. I think I'm going to go with the economic historians on this one, rather than the questionably applicable example of Napoleon having to deal with a Scorched Earth defense. The two primary benefits of the joint-stock corporation were more capital and longer-term investment horizons- meaning t...
by Indon
Tue Jun 08, 2010 7:02 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Sante Fe-ing of the World
Replies: 22
Views: 3388

Re: Sante Fe-ing of the World

Lathes have been computer controlled for what, 15-20 years now? I don't see why you can't create your operation program from home. That type of automation will continue to expand until the only job ANYONE will have is creating an instruction set for robotic labor to carry out. Not necessarily. So l...
by Indon
Tue Jun 08, 2010 5:42 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: An alternative to progressive redistribution of wealth
Replies: 186
Views: 20814

Re: An alternative to progressive redistribution of wealth

I'd just like to say, I think we all agree that this is bad. and, as you point out, in a place where you can "buy" legislation, the last thing we need are the paid-off legislators writing new regulations. Oh, very much so. Where we would differ is the solution. But the solution isn't to s...
by Indon
Tue Jun 08, 2010 5:13 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: An alternative to progressive redistribution of wealth
Replies: 186
Views: 20814

Re: An alternative to progressive redistribution of wealth

What does a land war in Asia have to do with violently competitive trading in the Indies? The same thing any war would have to do with any war, I imagine. Yes, it does. It's called bankruptcy. Only if the people doing the wrong things are the one going bankrupt. But they aren't, now are they? I don...
by Indon
Tue Jun 08, 2010 4:58 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Market Anarchy
Replies: 209
Views: 27958

Re: Market Anarchy

I believe that the initiation of violence is never warranted, sure, but that has nothing to do with whether or not the argument against the initiation of violence can be applied consistently and universally. And that'd be great if that's what you were doing, but in practice your 'consistent and uni...
by Indon
Tue Jun 08, 2010 4:50 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Suspects must invoke right to be silent
Replies: 68
Views: 6505

Re: Suspects must invoke right to be silent

Well, considering things like their defense of waterboarding, Obama's administration has not been very liberal on the subject of rights.
by Indon
Tue Jun 08, 2010 3:37 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Egypt to strip men married to Israelis of citizenship
Replies: 34
Views: 4340

Re: Egypt to strip men married to Israelis of citizenship

Religious discrimination for the lose. :(
by Indon
Tue Jun 08, 2010 3:29 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Good to hear about, and linguistically painful.
Replies: 13
Views: 2681

Re: Good to hear about, and linguistically painful.

He's helping!
by Indon
Tue Jun 08, 2010 12:59 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Is the world really falling into chaos?
Replies: 18
Views: 3406

Re: Is thie world really falling into chaos?

Was that even pedophilia, though? I was under the impression that most child marriages weren't consummated until the child was actually physically mature (unless the husband was a pedophile). Not necessarily. But considering that in our society pedophiles tend to end up in positions which empower t...
by Indon
Tue Jun 08, 2010 12:17 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Arizona is so unpopular, people want similar immigration law
Replies: 191
Views: 16386

Re: Arizona is so unpopular, people want similar immigration

I don't know why you should. I asked for evidence that a lot of the support for this bill stems from racism. So far I've only seen it raised as a bogeyman to scare people. Well, are there any arguments for the bill which don't stem from "Let's kick these brown people out of our country!" ...
by Indon
Tue Jun 08, 2010 12:04 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: An alternative to progressive redistribution of wealth
Replies: 186
Views: 20814

Re: An alternative to progressive redistribution of wealth

Supply chains are rather relevant during contests of force, particularly on the other side of the globe, and affected by financial sophistication. Generally, a military's logistics strategies are considered a military matter. Napoleon's russian campaign did not fail because he wasn't syndicated. Do...
by Indon
Tue Jun 08, 2010 11:53 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Market Anarchy
Replies: 209
Views: 27958

Re: Market Anarchy

What is the value of confusing morality and social norms? Morality is right conduct, and social norms are what society expects from you. To declare that society is the arbiter of right conduct is arbitrary and unjustifiable. That there are substitutes for morality does not make morality unnecessary...
by Indon
Mon Jun 07, 2010 4:52 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: America's New Culture War
Replies: 230
Views: 20316

Re: America's New Culture War

Less people make it through the weeder classes for law/science/medicine than for plumbing/electrical work? Now, you could argue the existence of weeder classes is a problem with training instead of with the subject, but I would argue there are actual differences in difficulty between subjects. Woul...
by Indon
Mon Jun 07, 2010 4:38 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Professor pretends there'll be an exam, rickrolls students
Replies: 35
Views: 4513

Re: Professor pretends there'll be an exam, rickrolls studen

I was planning on trying to integrate a rick roll into the thread in homage, but considering the article, it's not necessary.
by Indon
Mon Jun 07, 2010 3:41 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Arizona is so unpopular, people want similar immigration law
Replies: 191
Views: 16386

Re: Arizona is so unpopular, people want similar immigration

I've called you on providing sources. Why should I have to provide a source that racial injustice is what racists want? I should think it's fairly evident! And it's not my defintion, it's the dictionary's. If you are happy with using a politically motivated definition, then so be it. The most I can...
by Indon
Mon Jun 07, 2010 3:30 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: An alternative to progressive redistribution of wealth
Replies: 186
Views: 20814

Re: An alternative to progressive redistribution of wealth

What? Everyone else was doing paramilitary control, and different Europeans succeeded in different areas (though the Dutch did the most shipping and had the most valuable spots). There are pretty convincing reasons to expect the large differences in success between European powers were heavily infl...
by Indon
Mon Jun 07, 2010 3:15 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Market Anarchy
Replies: 209
Views: 27958

Re: Market Anarchy

I'm sorry, but you keep calling it "your" morality. I'm not putting forth moral statements and proclaiming them moral. I'm saying YOU be consistent with your moral statements. And that'd be great if that's what you were actually doing, but your standard for consistency is that of your own...
by Indon
Fri Jun 04, 2010 6:37 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Arizona is so unpopular, people want similar immigration law
Replies: 191
Views: 16386

Re: Arizona is so unpopular, people want similar immigration

Feel free to correct them, just don't call what they're doing racist unless you mean it's racist. The problem is, people who should be able and willing to call people on these excuses aren't . Take the claims that illegals are poor and lazy welfare queens. Evidence? Nope. Been plenty of pro-immigra...
by Indon
Fri Jun 04, 2010 6:27 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: An alternative to progressive redistribution of wealth
Replies: 186
Views: 20814

Re: An alternative to progressive redistribution of wealth

The Dutch East India Company, the world's first joint-stock corporation, outperformed the rest of Europe combined in Asian trade during the period which only the Dutch were doing joint stock companies. That company is not an example of free market operation. It is an example of the power of noncomp...
by Indon
Fri Jun 04, 2010 6:12 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: America's New Culture War
Replies: 230
Views: 20316

Re: America's New Culture War

But in the first world she will be working in the most valuable place for a chemist to be. Not necessarily - she will be working in the place that can pay her the most, which is not necessarily the place in which she generates the most value by what we would normally consider to be value. Firm A ma...
by Indon
Fri Jun 04, 2010 5:57 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Arizona is so unpopular, people want similar immigration law
Replies: 191
Views: 16386

Re: Arizona is so unpopular, people want similar immigration

When you talk about how you need to stick it to the racists, does a particular political party come to mind? The word as defined in the dictionary isn't politically useful enough, thus it needs to change. To you the word is a weapon. Racism is a bad thing, and racists should not be permitted to hid...
by Indon
Fri Jun 04, 2010 5:44 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Market Anarchy
Replies: 209
Views: 27958

Re: Market Anarchy

Mostly, their preferences are different. I mean, what distinguishes the behavior of a person who follows one morality and the behavior of a person who follows a different morality are that they act differently, a statement which is not particularly useful. I question this. A person who does not abi...
by Indon
Fri Jun 04, 2010 1:43 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Arizona is so unpopular, people want similar immigration law
Replies: 191
Views: 16386

Re: Arizona is so unpopular, people want similar immigration

Ah, right, so people who trot out facts you don't like are racists. Got it. Don't believe you. Cite your 'facts'. In that case, we do have a problem of too many immigrants. In case you didn't notice, we have an unemployment issue right now. More immigrants would make the problem worse. If states ar...
by Indon
Fri Jun 04, 2010 1:07 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Online sarcasm detector unveiled
Replies: 16
Views: 2739

Re: Online sarcasm detector unveiled

This is a fascinating technology and I can't see why anyone would have a problem with it.
by Indon
Thu Jun 03, 2010 8:19 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: America's New Culture War
Replies: 230
Views: 20316

Re: America's New Culture War

You know, I'm sure those caboose guys might disagree with you. By your argument, it seems like the quickest way to success is to master the most arbitrary skill in the world - as long as noone else is doing it, it will be incredibly valuable. I think it would be easiest to think of both supply and ...
by Indon
Thu Jun 03, 2010 8:14 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Arizona is so unpopular, people want similar immigration law
Replies: 191
Views: 16386

Re: Arizona is so unpopular, people want similar immigration

I find this claim telling. Citation , please, for a link between support for this bill and racism. ...the people entering illegally via the Mexican and Canadian borders are by and large unskilled, poor, in need of welfare, unable to speak much English, and pushing down wages in their professions. :...
by Indon
Thu Jun 03, 2010 7:39 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Arizona is so unpopular, people want similar immigration law
Replies: 191
Views: 16386

Re: Arizona is so unpopular, people want similar immigration

Our solution to the southern situation was a "uck you, every african american citizen that wants to can study in your schools". Well, sorry for assuming you meant open borders when you didn't specify further in the post. It isn't a strawman, so long as me making an incorrect educated gues...
by Indon
Thu Jun 03, 2010 6:37 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Arizona is so unpopular, people want similar immigration law
Replies: 191
Views: 16386

Re: Arizona is so unpopular, people want similar immigration

Why? Since when was it everyone's right to become a legal immigrant to the US, and fuck qualifications? I never said "lol no immigration control whatsoever". Only making it easier by making the process shorter, quicker, and less expensive, which should cover all the people who want to ris...
by Indon
Thu Jun 03, 2010 6:21 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Arizona is so unpopular, people want similar immigration law
Replies: 191
Views: 16386

Re: Arizona is so unpopular, people want similar immigration

So, your solution to the Southern States' "we don't want these guys here" is to make it legal for larger numbers of them to come here? Just like our solution to the Southern States' "we don't want to go to school with these black folk" was a hearty "FUCK YOU!", so too ...
by Indon
Thu Jun 03, 2010 6:19 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: An alternative to progressive redistribution of wealth
Replies: 186
Views: 20814

Re: An alternative to progressive redistribution of wealth

However, the "risk" we are talking about here, is the ability for a person with a low income / credit rating to get a loan without being "sharked" with ridiculous interest etc - profits for the bank. No it's not. It's the ability for any person to obtain entrepreneurial capital,...
by Indon
Thu Jun 03, 2010 5:37 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: PM Resigned due to Unkept Promises: Honor is Still Important
Replies: 21
Views: 2567

Re: PM Resigned due to Unkept Promises: Honor is Still Impor

I don't get it. The goal of politics is to get things done, not to reward politicians or to distribute places of power as rewards for being popular. What is wrong in saying that someone who did not manage to use his power to do a thing he wanted to should resign ? Being honest is good, but it is no...
by Indon
Thu Jun 03, 2010 5:16 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Arizona is so unpopular, people want similar immigration law
Replies: 191
Views: 16386

Re: Arizona is so unpopular, people want similar immigration

How about it? Send all the illegals up here and the annoying hippies who protest "racial profiling" without putting forth any idea at all of what to do about illegal immigration will start to understand the issue first-hand. I can tell what to do about illegal immigration: change the syst...

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