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by IntoxicatedPirate
Fri Apr 24, 2009 2:10 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Utility of Religion
Replies: 301
Views: 35457

Re: Utility of Religion

One of my major moral conflicts with religion as a whole is the effect prayer has on the faithful. As a quick summation, I see it as nothing more than a quick transference of responsibility, a method that alleviates the participant from the heart of a situation and aids them in dismissing any possib...
by IntoxicatedPirate
Tue Feb 03, 2009 7:58 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: What laws can(should) a Democracy make
Replies: 21
Views: 2329

Re: What laws can(should) a Democracy make

A lot of what is being discussed is based on the assumption that a Democracy is the best form of government as it pertains to individual liberties and actions. It's not. A democracy is wholly limited by the bias and prejudice of its public and it will knowingly oppress any minority that does not fit...
by IntoxicatedPirate
Tue Jan 20, 2009 2:42 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Marxism/Socialism/Communism
Replies: 263
Views: 23878

Re: Marxism/Socialism/Communism

How does Marxism protect the individual from the oppressive majority? If, as is proposed, land ownership and application of all rents of land to public purposes was abolished, where does the grip of the "public good" end? Ultimately, when the public takes presidence over the individual, th...
by IntoxicatedPirate
Wed Jan 14, 2009 1:10 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Do we need economic self-protection laws?
Replies: 31
Views: 4483

Re: Do we need economic self-protection laws?

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB123180502788675359.html?mod=unitedliberty.org Nice read pulled from digg that is pretty topical to the current discussion. Per this post and the one immediately following, please offer some sort of commentary connecting your link to the discussion in a substantive way...
by IntoxicatedPirate
Tue Jan 13, 2009 8:22 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Do we need economic self-protection laws?
Replies: 31
Views: 4483

Re: Do we need economic self-protection laws?

The Prisoner's Dilemma is meant to comment on behavioral patterns that benefit the whole at the cost of the self. Like most game theory scenarios, its' applications extend beyond its' scenario. I am very well aware of what the Prisoner's Dilemma is meant to illustrate, but that does not change the ...
by IntoxicatedPirate
Tue Jan 13, 2009 1:32 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Do we need economic self-protection laws?
Replies: 31
Views: 4483

Re: Do we need economic self-protection laws?

Completely inapplicable to the discussion at hand. The Prisoner's Dilemma is setup specifically so that players are going head to head, a situation that does rarely arises for an everyday person is deciding what he or she should do with their money.
by IntoxicatedPirate
Tue Jan 13, 2009 1:25 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Do we need economic self-protection laws?
Replies: 31
Views: 4483

Re: Do we need economic self-protection laws?

1) Reading your whole response, it would seem you don't consider the Fed a government entity. Are you also making the argument that the Fed can not help end a recession or did I misread you? For the Record I consider the Fed part of the government. A fair enough point; I would be remiss to exclude ...
by IntoxicatedPirate
Mon Jan 12, 2009 8:40 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Bailout and blame: Views on capitalism and misinformation.
Replies: 41
Views: 5423

Re: Bailout and blame: Views on capitalism and misinformation.

Capitalism requires a free, open market to function properly. The argument has always been that most of the fluctuations are caused by external interference in the system, whether it be government regulation or individual disregard for the law (see: Madoff). So, with this being the case, how can one...
by IntoxicatedPirate
Mon Jan 12, 2009 8:18 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Do we need economic self-protection laws?
Replies: 31
Views: 4483

Re: Do we need economic self-protection laws?

I think there are strong arguments to be made for recessions being ended by government action. Reagan, Clinton, W, all come to mind. But since you made the claim first, perhaps you would like to 'prove' your thesis. I think you will admit your statement was unsupported and far overreaching. A simpl...
by IntoxicatedPirate
Mon Jan 12, 2009 4:00 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Religion
Replies: 2000
Views: 189121

Re: Religion

The use of the term "religion" is a bit broad in the context that you guys are answering the question; generally, only dogmatic, theistic religions proselytize and convert. Buddhism, Taoism, or a good portion of the Eastern religions in general tend stand outside the general framework of w...
by IntoxicatedPirate
Fri Jan 09, 2009 9:47 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Religion
Replies: 2000
Views: 189121

Re: Religion

I guess it depends on what you count as evidence. I don't think intra-gospel evidence is invalid, we've already discussed gospel reliability. And in a culture with a strong oral tradition (i.e. my example about a lot of teachers of the law being able to remember the entire Old Testament), such gaps...
by IntoxicatedPirate
Fri Jan 09, 2009 9:21 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Do we need economic self-protection laws?
Replies: 31
Views: 4483

Re: Do we need economic self-protection laws?

In circumstances such as these, I feel like human nature tends to be a scapegoat, ala the OP's initial assertion (the innate irrationality of man), and that the true culprit is simply learned behavior in some regard or another. Humans aren't irrational in market behavior because it is bred within th...

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