• Archive for April, 2008

    FREE Guptastan

    by  • April 29, 2008 • The Global Picture • 6 Comments

    For a long time, I’ve been joking with people about Guptastan – the state which is in the box. It only recently occurred to me that people don’t realize that I’m absolutely serious about starting a new nation state within three or four years if conditions are historically right. This is not a joke. It’s [...]

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    Natural rights limits to property?

    by  • April 27, 2008 • The Global Picture • 30 Comments

    I think I stumbled on something today, in a discussion with Arto. Here’s the idea. The right to free speech has some natural limits – the classic statement of this being “shouting fire in a crowded theater” – a phrase with a very interesting history. Similarly, very few people think that the right to bear [...]

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    Three questions at the heart of “capitalism”

    by  • April 27, 2008 • The Global Picture • 1 Comment

    http://bendiken.net/2008/04/26/zero-sum-delusion is Arto’s post on capitalism. My issues with capitalism as it is typically formed by Libertarians are three fold. 1> Natural monopolies, like railways, networks, and irrigation and other river activities. 2> Creation of property rights over things like land by the State. 3> Limited liability as a subsidy to investors by the State. [...]

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    Liberty, in our time, means enforcing the law of the land on the president: nothing more, and nothing less.

    by  • April 27, 2008 • The Global Picture • 0 Comments

    WAS IT ILLEGAL for American officials [who kidnapped Abu Omar in Italy] to send Abu Omar to Egypt? Yes, according to the United Nations Convention Against Torture, which prohibits delivering someone to a country where there are “substantial grounds” to assume that he might be tortured. Were there substantial grounds to believe that transferring Abu [...]

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    On the global food crisis

    by  • April 26, 2008 • The Global Picture • 0 Comments

    Food riots have broken out across the globe destabilizing large parts of the developing world. China is experiencing double-digit inflation. Indonesia, Vietnam and India have imposed controls over rice exports. Wheat, corn and soy beans are at record highs and threatening to go higher still. Commodities are up across the board. The World Food Program [...]

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    new gear – zoom H2

    by  • April 26, 2008 • Personal • 0 Comments

    I finally picked up a field recorder: the Zoom H2. Unexpected bonuses * extremely aggressive automatic gain control on “voice mode” * 24/96 recording * incredibly light but not chintzy * features like automatic gain control work even when it’s in USB mic mode – ideal for skype etc. quirks * UI is a bit [...]

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