On CircumcisionThe loudest argument I hear for circumcision is people arguing (incorrectly) that it has health benefits (it does, but it also have risks, and the risks negate the benefits).On Circumcision by Unvalanced
But another argument I hear is that everybody who they meet who is against circumcision has mental health problems, the implication being that mental health problems -cause- the issue with circumcision.
Circumcision doesn't bother me because I don't like the way it looks. It doesn't even really bother me that I don't experience sexual pleasure. Circumcision bothers me because of what it says about other people's attitude towards me. It bothers me because it means I live in a society that thinks my right to decide whether or not somebody cuts part of me off -doesn't matter-.
That's what bothers me about circumcision, when you get right down to it. I'll argue on the health risks. But the health risks are only a way of convincing people who I don't really regard as having any right to de
On Anarcho-CapitalismAnarcho-capitalism is often considered a cousin to minarchism - but it has one crucial difference which is precisely the difference between minarchism and capitalism: Anarcho-capitalists reject the doctrine of collective self-defense. Indeed, they necessarily reject the doctrine of self-defense entirely, as anywhere violence is encountered, the party that wins, wins; there is no agency which can be granted the function of determining whether the party that won was in the wrong or in the right, because that agency, granted that it had the right of arbitration which necessarily would require it possess the right to enforce that arbitration, would be government.On Anarcho-Capitalism by Unvalanced
The suggestion that you can hire out to agencies such as police ignores the fundamental problem that those agencies, in order to be effective, must be capable of enforcing themselves on individuals who have -not- agreed to their policies; anarcho-capitalism ignores the problem that those who government would protect you from are n
On SinsSins are that which one recognizes as sins. Even absent Christianity, absent God, absent any religion, we still find heaven and hell - a life spent in regret and self-revulsion, or a life spent in satisfaction and self-contention.On Sins by Unvalanced
A short life, or an eternal one, our life is determined by whether we do that which we think is good, or that which we think is evil - a man who thinks he has done evil will be miserable and self-loathing. A man who thinks he has done good will be proud of himself - unless pride is a sin, in which case he will never escape his guilt.
The ideal moral system does not construe as evil that is necessary to living, nor that which is the product of the life well-lived - that which does not condemn the living to hell. Original sin condemns the living to guilt - any moral system which turns us to sinners with or without our will is hardly ideal, and is quite evil in nature. The philosophy of the brother's keeper condemns th
The Virtue of SelfishnessI am selfish. Too selfish to drop a dollar in a beggar's cap, too selfish to care about the homeless on the street, too selfish to have any desire to help drug addicts come clean, too selfish to help a disadvantaged person live a normal life.The Virtue of Selfishness by Unvalanced
These are characteristics of a selfish person.
My selfishness runs deeper than that, however.
I am too selfish to want to rule the world, no matter the benefits it brings me - for I want my life to be mine and mine alone.
I am too selfish to lie - for I would not settle for being somebody other than me, for living a life besides the one I am living.
I am too selfish to steal - for I want to know that what is mine is mine by my own effort, built to my standards, by my virtue.
I am too selfish to hate - for my life and my time are too important for such nonsense.
I am too selfish to envy - again, because my life and my time are too valuable.
I am too selfish to be racist - because the money of a black man is as good as the money of a white man, beca