Education: For Slavery or For Freedom

Today's education is all about control over what people learn.  Aristotle wrote:  "All who have meditated on the art of governing mankind have been convinced that the fate of empires depends on the education of youth." There are two kinds...

Government Spending: Warfare or Welfare

Big business does not like what they call big government, because what they call big government is the welfare state. Big business is against welfare keynesianism; but, big business is all for warfare keynesianism. From the perspective of big...

Social Ontology: Socialism and Sociology

What is meant by social ontology? The word ontology comes from combining two ancient Greek words, ontos and logos. Ontos is translated as being; and logos is translated as knowledge. And so, we can translate the ancient Greek ontology into modern...

Profit Motive Versus Moral Motive

This is an answer to a comment posted by hammin8r:   hammin8r wrote: You can't create a system where people do not fall through the cracks without controlling every significant choice and aspects of their lives. Ron Allen...

Collective Life: A Debate

Q. L.: If you tell me how to live my life, that is fascism. If you and your mate tell me how to live my life that's democracy. R. A.: Democracy is not about individuals, or a community, telling individuals how to live their ...

Capitalism: A Debate

M. P.: Economic goods are of importance and value to individuals, and it is impossible to know how important they are without giving people choice to pick one of several options. R. A.: I can see no reason to believe that a...

Capitalism Versus Democracy: A Debate

R. A.: It is queer how those who believe in capitalism have an inconsistent and contradictory opinion concerning people. In the philosophical opinion of ideological anti-democratic and laissez-faire capitalists, as consumers and as merchants,...

Majority and Minority in a Democracy

In a commonwealth democracy, there is no frozen minority, and no fixed majority. With each vote a different combination or composition of the people is created. If I happen to vote with the majority this time, I had better not be high-handed or...

Personal Choice and Public Choice: A Debate

M. P.: Do we vote on whether I get a ham sandwich or soup for lunch? R. A.: In capitalism, if you have enough money, then you have enough to effectively vote for, and to successfully demand whatever consumer goods you desire.  If you...

Democracy and Dissident Rights: A Debate

R. A.: In a social democratic republic, a dissident minority enjoys all the same rights and freedoms every citizen is endowed with.  A dissident minority enjoys citizenship, and is endowed with all the rights and freedoms that arise with...

Anarchism: A Debate

This is an answer to a comment posted by IanStone:   IanStone wrote: Life is an embodiment of contradictions. When rules fail, then societies fail or at least cease to exist under the construct of ordered democracy (which is in itself a...

Anarchism: A Debate

R. A.: A durable anarchist society must have rules that will promote, cultivate, champion, and encourage such safeguards of community life as fairness, equality, industry, temperance, courtesy, self-government, honesty, respect, hospitality,...

Anarchism: A Debate

R. A.: The rule of anarchism is to have no rulers. P. C.: But that's a contradiction. In order to carry out that rule, you need enforcers. R. A.: I do not see what I stated above as being a contradiction.   In my...

Anarchism: A Debate

R. A.: The rule of anarchism is to have no rulers. P. C.: But that's a contradiction. In order to carry out that rule, you need enforcers. R. A.: I do not see what I stated above as being a contradiction. If an...

Capitalism: A Debate

R. A.: Capitalism is the suspension of natural society, the cessation of normal community. P. C.: The problem is the estrangement that results from exploitation. R. A.: This is indeed the problem with exploitative capitalism....

Capitalist Anarchism?: A Debate

R. A.: I believe that a competitive and possessive capitalist anarchism will need a powerful monopoly-state in order to unite a class-divided "society". P. C.: Don't you mean regulate, rather than unite? R. A.: I mean the...

Legal Exploitation: A Debate

R. A.: Exploitation is often obscured by an exploitative ethic, and by exploitative laws. P. C.: But you were talking about contracts, & laws, not ethics. R. A.: Exploitative contracts are obscured by laws which codify...

Democracy and Justice: A Debate

R. A.: Élitism is itself unjust and unwise, as a form of government, even though élites may make some just and wise decisions. Democracy is itself both just and wise, as a form of self- government, even though the citizens may make some unjust...

Democracy and Justice: A Debate

R. A.: Just as individual freedom is just, even though individuals may often misuse their freedom, and may all too often choose what is unjust or what is unwise, so also democratic freedom is itself both just and good, even though citizens may...

Democracy and Justice: A Debate

M. P.: You claim that we will get more justice if the people decide, rather than some other group. Is there any reason you believe this other than that you like believing it? R. A.: When one discovers a truth, one likes believing it. ...

Democracy and Justice: A Debate

R. A.: Direct participation in the self-government of one's own community serves to animate the intellect of citizens, to educate the desires of citizens, to elevate the consciousness of citizens, especially their own sense of individual...

Democracy and Justice: A Debate

R. A.: Those who advocate democracy do believe that the freedom and dignity which a democratic republic entails and occasions will very likely serve to ennoble, civilize, and humanize most of the citizen population. M. P.: Ok, now...

Democracy and Justice: A Debate

M. P.: Why would the people be more just than any subsection of them? R. A.: Those who believe in, and advocate democracy, assume that a majority can be wrong, and often are wrong; but, individuals and factions are also very often...

Democracy and Justice: A Debate

M. P.: And why would the people be more just than any subsection of them? R. A.: Why would any oligarchic élite, or ruling class be more just, more virtuous, more capable, more  trustworthy, more unselfish, etc. than we the people, or...

Democracy and Justice: A Debate

R. A.: Those who believe in, and advocate democracy, assume that a majority can be wrong, and often are wrong; but, individuals and factions are also very often wrong. M. P.: So in other words you have no reason to believe that a...