Socialism

Margaret Hilda Thatcher, British prime minister 1979-1990, once said:  "The problem with socialism is that you run out of other people's money." This is an entertaining statement, but it is not enlightening.  It is more accurately a feisty ...

Wealth

Neal Boortz, the anti-democratic capitalist radio entertainer, said:  "Wealth is earned."  This is a very controversial assertion.  The Compact Oxford English Dictionary defines the verb earn: "obtain money in return for work or services".  By...

Quotations

This is an answer to a comment posted by bloodintheeyes: bloodintheeyes wrote: curious. do you just remember these quotations outta your head like, or is their a site you cut/paste em from? or better still, doyah have books infronta yah...

Existence: A Debate

This is an answer to a comment posted by JimW: JimW wrote: Quite well stated. Now, as I was relating your eliquant answer to my wife, she posed a question to me. As listening to the radio came a thought as asked by the DJ. So per her ...

Existence: A Debate

This is an answer to a comment posted by JimW: JimW wrote: To pose a different approach to "exist": If a man is a hermit does he really exist as nobody sees or hears him?   Ron Allen answes: The solitary hermit is...

Do Rights Exist?: A Debate

This is an answer to a comment posted by RRoe: RRoe wrote: In short, rights are a creation of mankind. Ron Allen answers: This is what I contend.  There are people who will disagree with my opinion. I believe that rights are...

Existence: A Debate

This is an answer to a comment posted by JimW: JimW wrote: So it the bear craps in the woods does it smell or do you need to be there.   Ron Allen answers: This question is interesting, because if you announce that an...

Existence: A Debate

This is an answer to a comment posted by sarcasticteen: sarcasticteen wrote: Ron Allen's statements make you think. -claps- I enjoyed this very much. Ron Allen answers: I hope your complimentary comment was not meant to be...

Existence: A Debate

This is an answer to a comment posted by T3wig: T3wig wrote: Does individuals have Rights?   Ron Allen answers: Do individuals have rights?  The answer depends upon what you mean by the verb have. Does the individual have...

Existence: A Debate

This is an answer to a comment posted by waynespiker: waynespiker wrote: If anyone can question existence he must exist to do so. Ron Allen answers: "Cogito, ergo sum."  "I think, therefore I am."  René Descartes' famous...

Existence: A Debate

This is an answer to two comments posted by T3wig: T3wig wrote: The electrical pulses that connects us all. Acknowledging (an) individual an indiviudal acknowledge the existence. Before defining the idea of the manifestation of the that...

Democracy and Self-Government: A Debate

R. A.: Justice is established precisely if and when the people are free to govern themselves, both individually and collectively, even if and when the people as citizens elect to enact some unwise and unjust policies. M. P.: How...

Democracy: A Debate

M. P.: If a democratic majority are not more likely to be just then there is no reason why they should rule. R. A.: I believe that a democratic majority is more likely to be just and fair, even though I believe that a democratic...

Democracy: A Debate

R. A.: I do not say that a democratic majority ("the people") would be more just, or more right in their decisions and choices than would be a factional minority (a subsection of the people, or a small group within the general population).  I...

Existence: A Debate

M. P.: When the fog lifts how does the nonexistant thing that is hidden behind it know to become a mountain and not a forest when it lifts? R. A.: How active, or passive, is the human mind when it becomes conscious of the existence of...

Existence: A Debate

M. P.: Does our being in a position to observe things, entities, or objects bring them into existence?  How? And how do things, entities and objects know in what form to come into existence when we become capable of perceiving them? ...

Do Rights Exist?: A Debate

R. A.: Everyday word-usage is often ambiguous; philosophy is very often about using words in their more precise and exact meanings.  Philosophy is evaluative, analytical, and critical of word-usage and word-meanings. M. P.: Well...

Existence: A Debate

R. A.: If some thing stands out, then that thing is perceived. If some entity can be singled out, then that entity has been observed and experienced, etc. What we are not conscious of does not "exist"; it does not stand out. M. P.:...

Existence: A Debate

R. A.: I am a tolerant and tolerable atheist, a reasonable and libertarian atheist. I believe that God does not exist; and yet, I know that God does exist. God exists as an idea. A tree exists both as an idea, and as a material entity, or...

Existence: A Debate

R. A.: Ideas exist; but, ideas do not exist in the very same way that a tree exists. In my own opinion, to say that rights exist is not to say that rights objectively exist, out there, outside of the human mind, outside of either the...

Existence: A Debate

R. A.: Where are the rights that human beings will possess and enjoy in the future, but that we do not yet possess and enjoy today? P. R. F.: They quite likely exist but are currently unrecognized in these times, and as such not ...

Public Health Care

This is an answer to a comment posted by T3wig: T3wig wrote: It is upon us to stand up for future generations. Ron Allen answers: Yes.  But how does the present generation stand up for future generations?  My answer is, in...

Public Health Care

When you purchase medical insurance, the insurance company assumes your health risks. And yet, the insurance company can cancel your policy.  Insurance companies can and do discriminate. Government cannot cancel a citizen's health care...

Why So Many People Hate Politics

This is an answer to a comment posted by AlyshaTate:  AlyshaTate wrote: I hate talking about politics with other people cause it just turns out into a big fight . . . Ron Allen answers: Modern politics is all about power, about...

John Locke's Theory of Property

John Locke (1632-1704), an important English philosopher, had two important and differentiated opinions concerning property rights which I believe are compatible with a socialist, communist, republican, and anarchist opinion as regards property...