Julie near Chicago

Julie is from near Chicago, home of a famous community organiser.

Public Goods: A Question of Balance

In economics, a public good is a good that is both non-excludable and non-rivalrous in that individuals cannot be effectively excluded from use and where use by one individual does not reduce availability to others.” From Wikipedia, Public Goods I believe this standard definition of public goods assumes something most definitely not in evidence: Whether…

The American Association of Physicians and Surgeons

For those interested in the practice of private, direct medical care in the U.K. and elsewhere, AAPS — the American Association of Physicians and Surgeons — is a national organization with chapters in several states of doctors who provide just that. They were founded in 1943 and are, at least mostly, conservativish-libertarianish. Their home page,…

The work of Nathaniel Branden

Paul Marks wrote: As I understand it (correct me if I am mistaken) the most important thing for an Objectivist is their work. So I hope that this gentleman achieved things of value in his work, and was able to work up to the conclusion of his life. Nathaniel Branden, I believe, did keep working…

Use caution over “Consequentialism”

Originally posted as one of several comments elsewhere [Ed]I think we need to be careful with this term “consequentialism.” I used in the very loose sense that what it is reasonable or “sensible” to do is what seems to be required given objective X and set of conditions Y. This is to me the in…

The Ignorance in “Rational Ignorance”

It would seem there is among the politically-minded professoriate a widespread belief that there is such a thing as “rational ignorance,” which holds that it is not particularly rational for any potential voter to waste time studying up on political affairs, researching candidates’ histories and positions, and so forth. Maintaining ignorance of the political factors…