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Jack Maturin, who once bought me a drink at Faneuil Hall, has started his own blog to chronicle his 'round the world swashbuckling adventures and life in England from an Austro-libertarian perspective. His first article at Mises.org on Mr. Spock's true nature can be found here.

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Your friend is either

Your friend is either extremely stupid, or else has a very odd sense of humor (to give him the benefit of the doubt I'll assume the latter). Anyone who's watched the show knows that Starfleet is military and quasi-socialist. And most of the inferences Jack makes are nonsensical:

Star Trek quote: Physical reality is consistent with universal laws. Where the laws do not operate, there is no reality. — Spectre of the Gun

Jack's interpretation: Avoid the smoke and mirrors empiricism of the Chicago School, especially Coase.

At first I thought it was a parody of Lew Rockwell's style of reading Austro-libertarianism into everything that moves under the sun; but now I'm not sure what to think.

Haha, well said about

Haha, well said about Lewrockwell! I've seen some of those guys sledgehammer a movie, book, play, historical figure, etc... into a libertarian perspective. That aside, why do so many libertarians seem to dislike LRC so much? They have some fine economic analysis on their site.

I think there are several

I think there are several reasons. The people at no-treason.com routinely hammer him and DiLorenzo for ostensibly praising the Confederacy; on the same note, they accuse Hoppe of being a racist since he is in favor of closed borders. I'm not sure if libertarians other than those at no-treason have criticized him however.

I have a sneaking suspicion that Spock's "pure logic", given to us through Gene Roddenberry's divine revelation, leads to "From each according to his ability, to each according to his needs"...

Your friend is either

Your friend is either extremely stupid, or else has a very odd sense of humor (to give him the benefit of the doubt I’ll assume the latter).

Well, thank you Stefan. I must say in this Christmas period, it's charitable of you to grant me the benefit of the doubt. If it helps clear it up for you, I was surprised that everyone took it all so absolutely seriously. Did it strike a nerve? I was aiming for the funny bone. I appear to have tapped something much more serious, worse perhaps than even a hairline crack in a dilithium crystal.

BTW, guess what I got for Christmas? Yes, that's right, a DVD set of the first ever series of Star Trek, written by all of those great American 1960s science fiction authors. Marvellous.

And I'd forgotten that one of the first female characters we see in the first series is Yeoman Rand. I half expected Captain James Kirk to morph into Captain John Galt.

I'm afraid you'll have to blame the English weather for all of this lack of seriousness. Also, I know you labour under the comical George W. Bush over there, but we have a much more malevolent man over here, Antony Lynton Blair; and to live in the same country as this would-be dictator is to need to see the funny side of everything, otherwise life would be very grim indeed in our tiny-minded socialist swamp.

If you'd like to see something where I am a little more serious, I'd be interested to hear your thoughts on the following article:

Parallel Lives: Abraham Lincoln and Julius Caesar

It may be a little too 'Austrian' for your taste, but it's as close as I ever come to being straight down the line. I hope you have a great New Year.

Rgds,
JackM

I must say in this Christmas

I must say in this Christmas period, it’s charitable of you to grant me the benefit of the doubt.

Let it never be said I have no Christmas spirit.

If it helps clear it up for you, I was surprised that everyone took it all so absolutely seriously. Did it strike a nerve? I was aiming for the funny bone. I appear to have tapped something much more serious, worse perhaps than even a hairline crack in a dilithium crystal.

I'm afraid we live in Post-Reductio America.

BTW, guess what I got for Christmas? Yes, that’s right, a DVD set of the first ever series of Star Trek, written by all of those great American 1960s science fiction authors. Marvellous.

I'm more looking forward to the new Battlestar Galactica myself.

And I’d forgotten that one of the first female characters we see in the first series is Yeoman Rand. I half expected Captain James Kirk to morph into Captain John Galt.

Somehow I don't think the bees-wax hair is really her style.

and to live in the same country as this would-be dictator is to need to see the funny side of everything, otherwise life would be very grim indeed in our tiny-minded socialist swamp.

Well seeing as how in practical terms there are about 42 or so individualists in the world arrayed against the vast hordes of monkeys screaming for blood, we can sympathize.

A nice New Year to all you individualists in Britain, Jack (maybe two of you or so?).