Author: PieInTheSKy

It was better back then: communism and nostalgia

The casual observer would, ehm… observe that late stage communism in Romania was not exactly Utopia. A good percent of the urban population lived in cramped concrete apartment blocks that were not quite heated in winter, water – especially of the hot variety – and electricity were not guaranteed, the lines were enormous for all basic goods, and shortage was the order of the day. Of course the leaders of the proletariat did not live in such conditions. They took over the villas of the pre-communism wealthy or middle class, and built a few more. It is quite understandable. After all,...

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Libertarians and the Law

By PieInTheSky One way of looking at things would be that there are two spheres for each person: the individual – where one acts according to subjective preference – and the common – where the individual ones meet and sometimes come in conflict. Freedom to swing your fist, my nose, etc. In each human society, such a conflict must be handled.  Conflicts in the common sphere are generally covered by, as Bastiat said, The Law. The Law in this case is not legislation but a subset of morality, and it usually exists absent of a specific government, religion, or...

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