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Teach Your Children Well

Intellectual compacency is the disease. Platitudes are the vectors. The habit of irreverence is the vaccine. I hope that a child who has been raised to laugh at God will find it natural to laugh at intellectuals, politicians, teachers, judges, journalists, and even economists whose cultural icons have displaced their ability to wonder.

- Steven Landsburg, Fair Play, p. 74


Fame!

Although I submitted it for publication last week, the Georgia Tech student newspaper finally got around to printing my Letter to the Editor regarding Robert Stutman's recent visit to our campus. The letter is an abbreviated version of previous blog posts. Read more »


Utopia is Not an Option

The ease at which many people dismiss radical libertarianism as pie-in-the-sky utopianism is depressing. On the other hand, at least people are willing to discuss these ideas, even if they immediately reject them as self-evidently laughable. Read more »


Word Wars

Some students at Georgia Tech created an Objectivist club this semester. Since I am somewhat interested in Objectivism and the work of Ayn Rand, I've attended their meetings. They seem like an amicable bunch, and in my capacity as the chairman of the College Libertarians, I've expressed a desire for our groups to work together. I'm of the "Why Can't We All Just Get Along?" variety of libertarianism, and I truly believe that the differences which seperate Objectivists from non-Objectivist libertarians are small enough to warrant mutual acceptance. Read more »


Objective Value

I know it's big no-no to impose one's values on others, but I don't see how this is not objectively the most interesting class of all time:

Economics 849: Graduate Public Finance I

Prof. Bryan Caplan, George Mason University

Course Focus:


The Importance of Economic Education

Thomas Sowell writing for the Wall Street Journal:

Some years ago, the distinguished international-trade economist Jagdish Bhagwati was visiting Cornell University, giving a lecture to graduate students during the day and debating Ralph Nader on free trade that evening. During his lecture, Prof. Bhagwati asked how many of the graduate students would be attending that evening's debate. Not one hand went up.

What's Your Battle Cry?

This is the coolest argument I've read all day. Roderick Long attempts to reconcile theism and atheism. I'm not sure if it fully satisfies, but it is something worth pondering.


Channeling Bastiat

Frederic Bastiat would be proud:

[I]f the Chinese and Indians are taking American jobs now, what about the forklift, the bulldozer, and the shovel! After all, the forklift can do the job of a dozen young men, men with limited schooling, strong work ethics, and living union wages. Replacing all those youths -- America's future -- with a machine just goes to show you how crazy this world has become.

A Well-Balanced Education

I just finished reading this rather long but well-worth-reading essay, from the December 2003 issue of The Chronicle of Higher Education, written by the lefty blogger and English professor, Michael B?rub?. Read more »


Resistance is Futile

People who have little use for government will generally devote very little of their attention to public policy issues. Millions of people are frustrated at the incompetence, encroachment and cost of government. But they have their own lives to consider: their careers, their families, their health, their hobbies, and yes, their cartoons.
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Letters, We've Got Letters

I just recieved the following email from "administration@gatech.edu," presumably an official address since the "@gatech.edu" suffix is given only to special users:

Subject: Important notify about your e-mail account.

Dear user of e-mail server "Gatech.edu",

Your e-mail account will be disabled because of improper using in next
three days, if you are still wishing to use it, please, resign your
account information.

For more information see the attached file.

Have a good day,
The Gatech.edu team


The Price of Everything and the Value of Nothing

I've been having an interesting off-topic discussion on this Crooked Timber thread.

The discussion revolves around the concept of value: what is valuable, what constitutes value, and how do various things acquire value? Read more »


Checklists

  1. Condoms - check
  2. Consent forms - check
  3. ...What were we supposed to be doing again?

If You're Willing to Go That Far, You Deserve a Medal

I could also foresee a problem with male athletes becoming transsexuals for the express purpose of competing against females.

- Say Anything


Give the Devil His Due

This takes balls:

Moviegoers at Stadium 16 Theater in Evansville attending a showing of ?Passion of the Christ? got more than they bargained for Saturday night.

They were greeted in the lobby of the theater by a man wearing a ?red devil? costume. Tyler Wendell, a 19 year old freshman at the University of Southern Indiana, caused quite a ruckus with his get-up. The audience, many who were part of church groups, was visibly upset by the antics of Wendell.