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by Indon
Thu Jun 03, 2010 4:43 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Arizona is so unpopular, people want similar immigration law
Replies: 191
Views: 16725

Re: Arizona is so unpopular, people want similar immigration

See I find this claim fascinating. To run with your logic, in order to make an enforcement law into a strong deterrent against illegal immigration, it would need to turn the US into a police state that is no longer significantly preferable to Mexico. Don't you see the problem with trying to dissuad...
by Indon
Thu Jun 03, 2010 2:53 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: An alternative to progressive redistribution of wealth
Replies: 186
Views: 21288

Re: An alternative to progressive redistribution of wealth

Everything is a tradeoff- and trust me, having joint-stock companies is worth dealing with some investors being short-sighted. Put a tiny tax on trading if you want, to make speculation less profitable, though the tax code is already structured to reward longer-term investors (through the tax rate ...
by Indon
Thu Jun 03, 2010 2:41 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Market Anarchy
Replies: 209
Views: 28544

Re: Market Anarchy

Vaniver wrote:Do you mean "what distinguishes the behavior of a moral person and an amoral person?"


What distinguishes the behavior of a person who follows a purely internal morality from that of a person who does not follow a moral system?
by Indon
Thu Jun 03, 2010 12:57 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Arizona is so unpopular, people want similar immigration law
Replies: 191
Views: 16725

Re: Arizona is so unpopular, people want similar immigration

So, if you could go to a much better place than you are at now, but it takes $50, then you get raped and beaten then shoved in a compartment that's too small for how many people are in it for hours on end, just for you to get sent back to where you came from, you'd do it in a heartbeat? Maybe if I ...
by Indon
Thu Jun 03, 2010 12:38 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Recording police officers now a felony in several states
Replies: 74
Views: 7842

Re: Recording police officers now a felony in several states

It should be made clear to public servants that a part of their position necessitates the sacrifice of a degree of their privacy - as public servants they no longer represent private individuals alone, but act as agents of the public interest, and the public interest does not get privacy. In fact, I...
by Indon
Thu Jun 03, 2010 12:22 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: An alternative to progressive redistribution of wealth
Replies: 186
Views: 21288

Re: An alternative to progressive redistribution of wealth

Why would we expect those theories to be true? The primary effect would be to increase the replacement of dividends with stock buybacks, reducing efficiency in the capital markets. Firstly, note that any measure that targets corporate profits would also target stock buybacks. My preferred way to ef...
by Indon
Thu Jun 03, 2010 12:03 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Market Anarchy
Replies: 209
Views: 28544

Re: Market Anarchy

Vaniver wrote:The utility of morality is in self-enforcement. An externally enforced morality is not a proper morality.


What distinguishes a self-inforced 'individual' morality from normal behavior?
by Indon
Thu Jun 03, 2010 12:01 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: America's New Culture War
Replies: 230
Views: 20705

Re: America's New Culture War

I'm not sure where we're going with this; the wages that chemists and steelworkers receive are different because the demand function and supply function for each are different. Changes in either can have large effects- you very well could be right that supply effects dominate the noticed difference...
by Indon
Wed Jun 02, 2010 8:11 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Arizona is so unpopular, people want similar immigration law
Replies: 191
Views: 16725

Re: Arizona is so unpopular, people want similar immigration

Edit: It's being pulled over for your license then being sent back. It's not "Oh, hey, you're not here legally. That's cool. Have a nice night!" It doesn't stop anyone here committing a non-immigration crime. It doesn't dissuade anyone from immigrating illegally. It does give cops an excu...
by Indon
Wed Jun 02, 2010 8:03 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Arizona is so unpopular, people want similar immigration law
Replies: 191
Views: 16725

Re: Arizona is so unpopular, people want similar immigration

No one said it's only the non-dangerous ones paying the coyotes. Your response is ridiculously bad. The dangerous ones won't be affected by the law because the police need suspicion of a crime being committed to enact the law - and the dangerous ones would be the ones being taken in for other crime...
by Indon
Wed Jun 02, 2010 7:59 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Arizona is so unpopular, people want similar immigration law
Replies: 191
Views: 16725

Re: Arizona is so unpopular, people want similar immigration

No benefit? Are you completely ignorant as to what the coyotes do to the people that want to cross? Raping them, robbing them, beating them, using them as drug mules... The list goes on. Enforcing the illegal immigration law (because, you know, "illegal" means "breaking the law,"...
by Indon
Wed Jun 02, 2010 6:56 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Arizona is so unpopular, people want similar immigration law
Replies: 191
Views: 16725

Re: Arizona is so unpopular, people want similar immigration

The only arguments I've heard against this law are based on presumptions that Arizonan cops are racist. Isn't that just as bad a stereotype as the presumption that all illegal immigrants are Hispanic? A law that enables bad people to use the government to do bad things is still a bad thing, even if...
by Indon
Wed Jun 02, 2010 6:29 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: America's New Culture War
Replies: 230
Views: 20705

Re: America's New Culture War

You mean, the decline in marginal utility for chemists is larger (or, at least, jumps at a lower quantity) than that for steelworkers? Possibly. I'm pretty sure there were less chemists than there were steelworkers hired at the time. What does optimal mean in this context? Someone whose wage is hig...
by Indon
Wed Jun 02, 2010 6:00 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Suspects must invoke right to be silent
Replies: 68
Views: 6628

Re: Suspects must invoke right to be silent

Fairly open-ended? I suppose- the concern I have with this ruling is that it might go too far when it comes to giving rights to those accused of crimes, if you now have a one-sentence tool to end interrogations. I'm not sure there's a benefit to making asking questions an invalid tactic. I think th...
by Indon
Wed Jun 02, 2010 5:33 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: We Are All Bad People
Replies: 65
Views: 15226

Re: We Are All Bad People

I would also note that sweatshops lead to better working conditions because it makes the countries economy dependant on labor, which creates an opportunity for unions to form. If the oppressed are integral to a country functioning they have more power then if they are a bunch of farmers who are wor...
by Indon
Wed Jun 02, 2010 5:11 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: PM Resigned due to Unkept Promises: Honor is Still Important
Replies: 21
Views: 2627

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

Upside, it's a culture where people will endeavor to do whatever they can if they promise you something.

Downside, crazy high suicide rates.
by Indon
Wed Jun 02, 2010 5:07 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Market Anarchy
Replies: 209
Views: 28544

Re: Market Anarchy

- When somebody makes a statement such as 'slavery is wrong', are they correct? What does the word 'wrong' mean in this instance? I would agree, and 'wrong' means something that should not be done. - If another person comes along and says 'slavery is perfectly fine', are they wrong? I would disagre...
by Indon
Wed Jun 02, 2010 5:02 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Arizona is so unpopular, people want similar immigration law
Replies: 191
Views: 16725

Re: Arizona is so unpopular, people want similar immigration

Illegal immigrants are not necessarily scary evil criminals, but they are criminals IFF illegal immigration is criminal and some are involved in drug trafficking which can easily be described as a "scary evil" activity. I don't know whether it's fair to say that illegal immigrants are mor...
by Indon
Wed Jun 02, 2010 2:19 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: America's New Culture War
Replies: 230
Views: 20705

Re: America's New Culture War

This is entirely wrong , though, assuming you mean "they will be expected not to be" instead of "we will be disappointed if they are" by "they should not be." Agents are always operating under incentives- this is basic public choice theory . I suppose to clarify, I sho...
by Indon
Wed Jun 02, 2010 2:05 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Market Anarchy
Replies: 209
Views: 28544

Re: Market Anarchy

What you're saying is might makes right, so the violence necessarily comes first in that line of reasoning (might causes something to be right), meaning that you cannot logically use that moral system to justify the violence--it's just violence. No, you're wrong. Again, you are applying your person...
by Indon
Wed Jun 02, 2010 1:54 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: An alternative to progressive redistribution of wealth
Replies: 186
Views: 21288

Re: An alternative to progressive redistribution of wealth

But... subsidizing retaining profits over distributing them, like the current system of double taxation does (or a single taxation system that only hid distributed income and not retained income), generates inefficiency without doing anything positive besides sticking it to those rentiers. It could...
by Indon
Wed Jun 02, 2010 1:45 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Suspects must invoke right to be silent
Replies: 68
Views: 6628

Re: Suspects must invoke right to be silent

Yeah, even with the oh-my-god-our-rights-are-disappearing spin on this article, I'm still not convinced the court did anything wrong. He didn't remain silent, and part of the Miranda reading is "anything you say can and will be used against you in a court of law". He said something. It wa...
by Indon
Wed Jun 02, 2010 1:34 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Arizona is so unpopular, people want similar immigration law
Replies: 191
Views: 16725

Re: Arizona is so unpopular, people want similar immigration

I'm not saying it's his downfall, but it's another straw on the camel's back. If you keep adding straws, it's going to break at some point. Camels can carry a very large amount of straw - they're kind of pack animals. There are many political issues out there, and on some Obama doesn't look very go...
by Indon
Tue Jun 01, 2010 7:43 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Market Anarchy
Replies: 209
Views: 28544

Re: Market Anarchy

I'm saying whether or not I have a personal preference, other people's personal preferences are being thrust upon me. That's how moral systems work. Violence used in self-defense is not the same as an initiation of violence. Yes it is, it's just violence initiated in self-defense . That's why self-...
by Indon
Tue Jun 01, 2010 7:41 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Suspects must invoke right to be silent
Replies: 68
Views: 6628

Re: Suspects must invoke right to be silent

It's the job of the police to ask questions. Its the right of the accused not to answer them, not to force the police to stop asking. You know, you're right. The current practice isn't a very good one. The right to remain silent is supposed to enable people to not be harassed, intimidated, tricked,...
by Indon
Tue Jun 01, 2010 7:36 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Arizona is so unpopular, people want similar immigration law
Replies: 191
Views: 16725

Re: Arizona is so unpopular, people want similar immigration

The "surprising part" is that more people want similar laws while the Do Not Want crowd is the one getting all the coverage as if it's the majority opinion. It's the one getting all the coverage because it's the one talking about doing something - in this case, boycotts. Boycotting genera...
by Indon
Tue Jun 01, 2010 7:26 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Suspects must invoke right to be silent
Replies: 68
Views: 6628

Re: Suspects must invoke right to be silent

The specific case is fairly irrelevant - what's of note is the majority ruling that one must opt-in the right to remain silent in order to exercise it. This case is being used to generate precedent to make it harder to exercise your right to remain silent by remaining silent - and the case doesn't e...
by Indon
Tue Jun 01, 2010 6:46 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Suspects must invoke right to be silent
Replies: 68
Views: 6628

Re: Suspects must invoke right to be silent

Great, first corporations can do whatever they want to our government, now our rights are opt-in.

This is what happens when we bought the conservative line that they were "just protecting the constitution". They're rewriting our laws to our detriment at every turn.
by Indon
Tue Jun 01, 2010 6:36 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Arizona is so unpopular, people want similar immigration law
Replies: 191
Views: 16725

Re: Arizona is so unpopular, people want similar immigration

So young liberals don't like authorities being given broad police powers, and old conservatives do. Not too surprising.
by Indon
Tue Jun 01, 2010 6:00 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Killing Random Strangers to Make a Political Statement
Replies: 47
Views: 7268

Re: Killing Random Strangers to Make a Political Statement

The selection of Hiroshima and Nagasaki was not random. Both were industrial centers and the customs of war during the period considered such industrial centers to be legitimate military targets.
by Indon
Tue Jun 01, 2010 5:03 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: An alternative to progressive redistribution of wealth
Replies: 186
Views: 21288

Re: An alternative to progressive redistribution of wealth

What? There's an even better question: in a democracy, how can we raise the proportion of income-earners paying taxes? The flat tax, probably the only politically palatable way to do so, doesn't have much support. I mean, how politically powerful are 'the rich' when they're the only ones paying tax...
by Indon
Tue Jun 01, 2010 3:33 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: America's New Culture War
Replies: 230
Views: 20705

Re: America's New Culture War

Indeed- the question becomes mostly one of how much information you need to provide to consider the consumers 'informed.' I should think that it's a bit of an arms race. You can always be better informed, and it will always be possible to baffle a given individual with something they are uninformed...
by Indon
Tue Jun 01, 2010 2:08 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: An alternative to progressive redistribution of wealth
Replies: 186
Views: 21288

Re: An alternative to progressive redistribution of wealth

Indeed- they do it legally. And so if you want to reduce "tax avoidance" you need to do so in a very unpopular way. Like, for example, the Alternative Minimum Tax which was enacted to catch a handful of high-income people who managed to pay no taxes on their high income, and now hits an i...
by Indon
Tue Jun 01, 2010 1:33 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Market Anarchy
Replies: 209
Views: 28544

Re: Market Anarchy

I'm saying that it doesn't matter if morality exists, government is still unjustifiable. I think you're applying a personal moral standard to everyone else, and that your personal moral standard doesn't like government. However, I'm saying that an objective morality does exist, just not in any way ...
by Indon
Tue Jun 01, 2010 1:20 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: America's New Culture War
Replies: 230
Views: 20705

Re: America's New Culture War

If the answers are "difficult" and "slim to none", there's a good case for regulation. I would say it should be a state issue, since interstate employment isn't that common, while intercity employment is. The reason I say federal level, is because there are interstate companies ...
by Indon
Fri May 28, 2010 6:32 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Market Anarchy
Replies: 209
Views: 28544

Re: Market Anarchy

So your point is that morality does not exist, and therefore the existence of no government can be justified? Isn't no action morally justified in such an environment, making the behavior of a government no more or less justifiable than anything else? With a subjective/relative morality, anything th...
by Indon
Fri May 28, 2010 6:20 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: America's New Culture War
Replies: 230
Views: 20705

Re: America's New Culture War

Sweet. I assume that safety in the workplace would be handled at the federal level under this model - but why isn't workplace safety able to be handled at the individual level, using tort law (lawsuits) to allow wronged employees to get recompense from violators and force them to improve standards? ...
by Indon
Fri May 28, 2010 5:49 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: America's New Culture War
Replies: 230
Views: 20705

Re: America's New Culture War

The belief that it is better to avoid government intrusion into both the econmic and social aspects of life except for when it is absolutely necessary. This is everyone's position and provides no information about libertarianism. What does 'absolutely necessary' mean for a libertarian? The obvious ...
by Indon
Fri May 28, 2010 5:00 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Legalising drugs?
Replies: 228
Views: 37376

Re: Legalising drugs?

by Indon
Fri May 28, 2010 2:29 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: A little philosophical argument.
Replies: 41
Views: 3743

Re: A little philosophical argument.

Sir_Elderberry wrote:Eh? Most things I've read sacrifice determinism before locality, for relativity's sake.


Don't quantum phenomena such as entanglement imply that locality is not necessarily a principle of the universes' function?

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