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June 21, 2017: A new writer debuts at TLD, offering an ecumenical and exquisitely humane suggestion.

Posted May 15, 2017.

A rainy day, epistemologically speaking. My wife got an umbrella for Mother's Day (no, not from me). It had a tag that proclaimed:

"Warning: This product contains chemicals known to the state of California to cause cancer and birth defects and other reproductive harm."

"Known to the state of California"? Can a state "know" something? Even if it could, how likely would it be that the state of California knew anything? Or should the tag read, "Flunkies of the state of California think/claim/assert/have the power to force hapless Chinese umbrella manufacturers to affix labels to this product"?

And how would the peril become operative? If one ate the umbrella? Punctured or rubbed one's skin with the umbrella? Shot little pellets out of the pointy end at Russian dissidents? Stirred one's gruel with the umbrella?

Inquiring minds want to know. [Edward Morrison Morley]  Ω

The attack of the Pope. Lots of libertarians have written responses to Pope Francis's ill-considered remarks on libertarianism. Most of them seem to think that if they can just get him to see that free markets are peaceful and just, and that the minimum wage causes unemployment, he will change his mind. I have held my tongue on this matter long enough, and I address my remarks to libertarians:

Most of you, and many of your primary spokesmen, are atheists. You support abortion, so-called homosexual marriage, putting adopted children in sexually deviant homes, and probably polygamy; and (even if you are not homosexuals yourselves) you support the homosexualist cultural agenda. You advocate the legalization of drugs — and you may hide behind the marijuana-legalization movement, but everyone knows that heroin, cocaine, barbiturates, anti-depressants, and even penicillin fit into your analyses. You oppose taxation of every sort, and even the professed Catholics among you would permit, if they do not actually practice, openly or secretly, birth control and every sexual deviance and casual vice known to man.

It is no secret that Pope Francis is not so different from your neighbors, who also despise libertarianism; like them, he is not a man to make difficult conceptual distinctions. It's not as though he or any of your neighbors is Thomas Aquinas, Robert Bellarmine, or Thomas Cajetan. So I ask you:

What. Did. You. Expect? [Ronn Neff]  Ω

Perspective? Shocking and terrible news from the Washington Post! — "Trump revealed highly classified information to Russian foreign minister and ambassador" (by Greg Miller and Greg Jaffe, May 15).

Well, that's a typical Trump-in-the-china-shop blunder, I suppose. At least it's not surprising. But what I wonder is, will Trump's spilling these beans — which are INCREDIBLY, STUPENDOUSLY SECRET LEGUMES! — inflict damage on the American people or people around the world, or on the cause of peace, comparable in any way to ... say ... the U.S. interventionist foreign policy, or Pentagon capitalism, or the NSA, or the taxes required to pay for all of it? Just to name a few minor things. Feel free to add to the list. [Nicholas Strakon]  Ω

What do you think?
"Stop and think" archive.

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Permanently recommended readings

"What Is Austrian Economics?" (Mises Institute)
"I, Pencil," by Leonard E. Read (Liberty Fund;
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"The Epistemological Basis of Anarchism,"
by Roy A. Childs, Jr. (TLD)
"Polite totalitarianism," by Ronald N. Neff (TLD)

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