Of the Fear of Nature

  “It is fear of nature that gives rise to religion.” —Bertrand Arthur William Russell  

Of Ethical Consciousness

  “If 10 percent of the population were to take a consciously ethical outlook on life and act accordingly, the resulting change would be more significant than any change of government.” —Pete Singer  

Of Working

  “Some people love working, and some hate it.” —Gerald Allan Cohen, Why Not Socialism?, 2009  

Of Opportunity and Preferences

  “Under socialist equality of opportunity income differences obtain when they reflect nothing but different individual preferences, including income/leisure preferences.  People differ in their tastes, not only across consumer items, but also...

Of Equality of Opportunity

  “Promoting equality of opportunity is not only an equalizing, but also a redistributing, policy.” —Gerald Allan Cohen, Why Not Socialism?, 2009  

Of Capitalism, Oligarchy, and Freedom

  How do I characterize freedom in the context of modern capitalism and oligarchic statism?  Imagine a prisoner in his prison cell.  The prisoner may walk around his prison, but he may not leave it.  

Of Alt-Right and Antifa

  There should be no restrictions on freedom of speech and the press, but citizens must express their opposition to hate speech and racist propaganda.  There should be public opposition expressed through demonstrations and protests, but the...

Of Alt-Right

  The alt-right seems to take great pleasure in threatening a race war, in bluff, and in the fear of a civil war.  

Of Property

  A socialist can agree with there being a right to personal property for consumption, or for personal utility.  But a socialist cannot agree with there being a right to private property for large-scale industrial or agricultural production which...

Of the Lockean Proviso

  John Locke claimed that a private property right only arises if nonowners are left with enough and as good in common.  This is called “the Lockean proviso”.  The proviso requires that there be unowned property left for others to appropriate.   

Of the Right to Acquire Property

  “Future acquirers are limited in their liberty to acquire in ways that original acquirers were not.  Consent to liberty including a virtually unlimited right to property is not mutually beneficial for all.” —Jeffrey H. Reiman, As Free and as...

Of Expropriating the Wealthy

  “We shall naturally be prone to ask for a justification for taking from the pockets of the rich to give to the poor.” —Jeffrey H. Reiman, As Free and as Just as Possible: The Theory of Marxian Liberalism, 2014  

Of Talent

  “The more talented do not deserve their greater talent.” —Jeffrey H. Reiman, As Free and as Just as Possible: The Theory of Marxian Liberalism, 2014  

Of Cooperation

  “Everyone is benefited by social cooperation.” —Jeffrey H. Reiman, As Free and as Just as Possible: The Theory of Marxian Liberalism, 2014  

Of Technology

  “Technology can succeed in providing men with all they need.” —Russell Wheeler Davenport, The Dignity of Man, 1955  

Of Optimism and Pessimism

  “The conflict between the philosophical optimists and the philosophical pessimists is among the most fundamental in all of philosophy.” —Russell Wheeler Davenport, The Dignity of Man, 1955  

Of Wisdom

  “Wisdom is a state that men can reach only through thinking.  It is the result of thinking.” —Russell Wheeler Davenport, The Dignity of Man, 1955  

Of God

  “There is no such ‘thing’ as God, because God is not a thing.” —Russell Wheeler Davenport, The Dignity of Man, 1955  

Of Individuals

  We human beings have selfish motivations, but we also have social motivations.  We are selfish individuals, but we are also social individuals.  The more civilization progresses, the more we become socialized individuals.  

Of Knowledge and Understanding

  “As facts and knowledge accumulate, the claim of the scientist to an understanding of the world in a certain sense diminishes.” —Werner Heisenberg  

Of the Free Market

  “A free-market economy both gives employers the power to dictate hours and terms of work and inflames our innate tendency to competitive, status-driven consumption.” —Robert Skidelsky and Edward Skidelsky, How Much Is Enough?: Money and the...