August 20, 2012 § Leave a comment
I don’t know how Ron Paul does it.
There’s going to be a concert on the Great Lawn of Central Park in Manhattan. When I first heard that The Black Keys, Neil Young, and the Foo Fighters would be on stage together for a single concert, my first thought was — damn, I wish the money. Then I found out that it was free. Then my mind = blown. Okay, so you enter your name into a drawing and they e-mail you if you “won”. Well, what do you know?! Christine and I each entered into the “drawing” and both of us won! Hmm…either no one gives a shit about this potentially awesome concert, or something else is afoot…
Long story short, the concert is going on alongside some huge International meeting and is funded largely by a bunch of UN front organizations. The purpose is to “help end world poverty” or some other hogwash, but I suspect the main point of the concert is too keep all of the hipsters preoccupied, so that they can’t repeat the Chicago mishap. And so long as we’re donning our tin foil hat and speculating, I’m sure having the names and e-mail addresses of a few thousand college students is useful(this was required to enter the drawing to win free tickets). Oh, and you have to sign at least two UN “petitions” in order to enter the drawing.
So yeah, I whored myself out for a couple of free tickets to an amazing concert. How Ron Paul managed to stay so pure while sitting in Congress for thirty years is beyond me.
Oh well, time to rock and roll!
P.S. I’m halfway done with Mises’ Human Action. I would have been done much sooner, but I’ve been a little busy the past couple weeks!
August 8, 2012 § Leave a comment
So I’m a few days away from being done with summer classes, and I’m looking forward to enjoying my lengthy 3 week summer vacation. Actually, that was sarcasm. For whatever reason though, I didn’t really mind taking summer classes. Biology was useful to me because it’s helped me cement some of the ideas that I’d been mulling over the past few months.
I don’t have very much of substance to say, but I thought I would give a quick update on my reading list. After all, the original goal of this blog was to provide a written “log” of my philosophical shifts overtime. I started this blog as a minarchist who was sympathetic to the concept of anarchy. As my reading list will indicate, I’m certainly still headed in the general direction of anarchy, but I’m treading the waters of freedom rather carefully. I’ve noticed that many of the so-called “activists” within the freedom movement are a tad dogmatic — I’d like to avoid that trap if at all possible (and judging by the large number of educated, open-minded libertarians I’ve run into, it’s certainly possible).
At any rate, here’s a list of the books I’ve ordered. And no, I’m not rich. I received $100 worth of amazon and B&N gift cards for my birthday. 🙂
The Machinery Of Freedom by David Friedman
Chaos Theory by Robert Murphy
Human Action by Ludwig von Mises
Socialism by Mises
The Theory of Money and Credit by Mises
Principles of Economics by Carl Menger
The Anti-Capitalistic Mentality by Mises
America’s Great Depression by Murray Rothbard
I’ve already received every book except the Machinery of Freedom by David Friedman, who by the way, deserves an award for the coolest libertarian hairdo.
I finished another book, Cutting the Fuse, yesterday. It was pretty damn good, and I suggest it to anyone interested in a no-bullshit examination of the suicide terrorism threat across the globe. Even if you already oppose the wars, this book will solidify your positions as well as give awesome insight into the inner workings of the different countries producing suicide terrorists.
I started Human Action this morning, and I’m on ~page 100. I’ve been looking forward to this book for a while. So far it’s absolutely fantastic. Mises’ critique of Marxism is top notch, and I’m really looking forward to reading Socialism.
Once I finish HA I’ll post my thoughts. Then I’m off to West Virginia and NYC for a short vaca! I hope to post a few more times before the Fall semester begins again.