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  1. John Locke commented on Michael Ramirez 2 days ago

    You want the government to take your money and run? Why not let people be in charge of who they give their money to? If you don’t like your insurance agent, you can change your insurance agent. Try that with the government.

  2. John Locke commented on Michael Ramirez 7 days ago

    PS. I spent my life doing much the same as you. I love a good B.S. session, same as you.
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    You say you don’t accept ideas just because they are traditional. I would say that traditional ideas have vast historical depth and reflect the gathered wisdom of real living by real people for ages and ages. Go ahead and question them, but go very, very slow in making changes. Who knows which domino will collapse the edifice and which one will build it.

  3. John Locke commented on Michael Ramirez 7 days ago

    Well, well, well. We have a conclave of philosophers! The concept of Natural Law is old, old, old and quite well developed. You ought to look into it. It speaks to universal human behaviors, not idiosyncratic cultural differences. Of course, the Nature of “Man” is meant as universal human kind. Don’t be trivial. Without a Natural Law, how can we have crimes against humanity? I don’t believe human nature has evolved one iota since Socrates. Women have been set free by the pill and modern technology, not an evolving human nature. You speak of man as a social animal and yet don’t acknowledge the traditions and cultures that uphold that animal. Tear down too many foundational cultural traditions and we’re back in the jungle. You speak of the evils of corporations just as I speak of the evils of government. I believe we believe the very same thing. Government is corporate. Overpowering is overpowering. Lastly, don’t you believe in a universal morality? Don’t you believe it can be discovered? If not, there is no bottom to the pit.

  4. John Locke commented on Michael Ramirez 7 days ago

    I have a coherent political philosophy and it certainly isn’t simple or one dimensional. If your political beliefs cannot hang on a cohesive philosophy then your positions are random and rootless. There is nothing new under the sun and even the Ancients wrestled with these very questions. I believe in Natural Law in that Man’s nature cannot be perfected, only accounted for. I’m Lockean, in that I believe that government derives from the consent of the governed. I’m Burkean, in that I believe that tradition and culture are the wisdom of the ages and not necessarily logical, but in the Nature of Man. From these political philosophies, I believe more government equals less individual freedom. A foundational belief for me. I believe that discarding tradition and cultural anchors moves away from what it means to be human. I can be as complex as you want, but complexity isn’t for blogging but for essays.

  5. John Locke commented on Michael Ramirez 7 days ago

    Yes, my brief response to a comment about anarchy was one dimensional. Intentionally so. Brevity is the soul of wit. The Pournelle chart rather backs up my assertion anarchy and totalitarianism are opposite extremes.

  6. John Locke commented on Michael Ramirez 8 days ago

    Isn’t the definition of anarchy the absence of government? Wouldn’t that be a conservative extreme? It seems to me that totalitarianism is the liberal extreme, all government.

  7. John Locke commented on Michael Ramirez 8 days ago

    I applaud you! Very thoughtful answer. My fences have been moved. Thanks.

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    So, how much of the means of production is owned by the state through regulation? How much of guaranteed employment is required through state and union termination regulations? Your anti-imperialism position is the real surprise. I usually struggle with perceveing any real difference between left and liberal.

  8. John Locke commented on Michael Ramirez 8 days ago

    One of the more interesting thought problems I challenge my liberal friends is for them to identify extreme left positions like they can readily identify extreme right positions. Their usual response is that there are no extreme left positions. I find it interesting that in a spectrum of political thought from left to right, they cannot see their own extreme.

  9. John Locke commented on Michael Ramirez 9 days ago

    Sometimes conservatives do break through the liberal echo chamber press filter. Not often, but sometimes. You list a few of the times. If you really cannot see the liberal bias in the mainstream press, then all I can say is, there are none so blind as those who will not see.

  10. John Locke commented on Michael Ramirez 9 days ago

    It’s the Samaritan’s Dilemma. How much charity to you give to help but not to make dependent? Our welfare system has gone too far toward creating dependence. It’s destroying families for children and independent self-worth for adults.