Sunday, January 13, 2013
I've decided, in the interim, to keep doing what I have been doing, but to simplify tags. I will have tags for the UK, NZ and other countries, and for specific generic topics. I have too many tags as it is, so it is time for them to mature - like me.
I will be writing about freedom, economic rationalism and the morality of having a society which is about consensual adult interaction, and a state which exists to protect that, and to intervene when people initiate or threaten to initiate force, or fraud. I believe the purpose of life is to pursue your own goals, your own passions and to enjoy yourself. People do that with family, friends, loved ones and many form partnerships, some get married and have children, but they are driven by what they enjoy. That may be conversation, art, exploration, discovery, sport, cuisine, love, sex, hobbies or whatever. However, that, for me, is the meaning of life. It is about enjoying it, and then interacting voluntarily with those who complement it, which is about being social, enjoying your time with others, giving benevolently of your time, your property and your attention to those whom you choose. That for me, is being human.
As a result I will also be writing about those who are against this. Socialists who want other people's money taken by force, environmentalists who scaremonger and lie about science whilst selling anti-capitalism and state dependency as "solutions" for poverty, personal behaviour control freaks who believe that the solution to people who smoke, eat, drink or inject themselves to early graves is to make their behaviour illegal or tax it or berate them, sensitive souls who want to criminalise people who offend them, Islamists who worship death and shroud their misogyny and other radical religious zealots who want laws to criminalise those who don't live according to their own selected moral code.
Frequently I will agree with those who are not objectivists and libertarians, sometimes there is common cause with conservatives (and obviously there is not on some matters), occasionally common cause with leftwing liberals.
An orgy of irrationalism in economics (where money printing is seen to be a solution to stagnant productivity growth) and moral relativism in education, media and popular culture gives enormous scope for commentary.
So it is time to go forward. I hope you enjoy what I write, and that you engage with ideas. If it bores you, move along. If it offends you, I couldn't care less.