Saturday, July 27, 2019

Offshore Drilling for Oil and Gas Is The Best Thing for All, Especially the Tourism Industry

There are those living along the coast of South Carolina who are against offshore drilling for oil and gas since they are worried that any accidental spills would threaten the tourism industry. The thing is that if gas prices are too high, then no one will be able to drive to the beach, so the tourism industry would fail anyway. The beach is worthless if you can't get to it. We need to drill so that gas prices are as low as possible, enabling everyone to be able to travel to the beach.

Sunday, July 21, 2019

Socialists and Libertarians Are WEIRD Cousins

Interesting AmGreatness piece on the dynamics between libertarians and socialists.

I have heard it said that libertarians and conservatives are cousins--but I would note that libertarians and socialists are also cousins. The reason can be found in the motto of the French Revolution (and, tellingly, the Haitian Republic): "Liberté, égalité, fraternité." The libertarians emphasize the liberty part, and the socialists prefer the equality part, but what holds them together is the fact that they are both universalists. That's why if you scratch the surface of most libertarians, you'll find an egalitarian.

Most libertarians view individuals through the prism of generic "human rights," rather than seeing that conception of rights as something that evolved from "the traditional rights of Englishmen," or bound to the particularity of what's called the "WEIRD" countries (Western, educated, industrialized, rich, and democratic). Most libertarians resist the notion that libertarianism is inherently a "WEIRD" idea, despite the evidence we see from folks transplanted from elsewhere to the U.S. who reject the notion of liberty (like Somalia's Congresswoman Ilhan Omar).

Hoppe's "propertarians," in contrast, seem to break out of this trap of universalism.