Freedom quest of Zork (the) Hun

The cost of free is freedom

Table of Content

 

Categories

 Politics (theory)Politics (practice)Law & order  Culture  Economy  Philosophy  Zeitgeist  Personal & misc.

Issues:
AbortionEducation – Environment – Health care Gender politics Gun control – Immigration Inequality/Minimum wage

 

Politics in theory

All subjects related to political action, political parties, strategy, participation, ideologies, discourse, theory and practice.

The freedom that never was
Exploring the reasons why Eastern Europe seems to be bereft of good political ideas.

None Of The Above
Arguing for a “None of the above” option on electoral ballots

Reasoning with propaganda
The difficulties of arguing with propaganda, people like Noam Chomsky and Naomi Klein

The Ryan miss, the Biden sleaze
Offering an alternative answer and a different approach to dealing with sleazy left-winger debate strategies

A problem identification strategy
Addressing social problems the way they should be, questioning the reasons for the lack of honest debate about them

A socialist class theory
Offering a functional class theory that could be used to explain political dynamics in advanced democratic societies.

Why Marxism
Comments on an excellent presentation about Marxism by Bradley Thompson and an ensuing conversation about it.

The poverty of liberty
Discussing the shortcomings of libertarian political philosophy which is focusing on the ideal setup of an ideal society, not on the realities of our  existing social and political arrangements and how they could be changed.

Right Winger Rant
Talking about the political narrative, the left’s attitude in the political discourse

Engagement, who and how
Addressing another underhanded left-winger attack on Libertarianism.

19 answers
Answers to the 19 question to Libertarians

20 questions for socialists
20 Questions for socialists, as a response to the 19 questions for Libertarians.

Not even a fart in my face
These are the answers to my own questions that I asked in an earlier post – 20 questions for socialists.

The 21st question
Asking the question when can we start holding leftists responsible for the harm they cause

Ideology and pragmatism #1 – the environment
Using environmentalism as an example to make the point that the ideological approach is not beneficial.

Ideology-and-pragmatism-2-liberty
Second part of the Ideology vs pragmatism argument making the point that a pragmatic approach is needed to advance the cause of Liberty

Ideology-and-pragmatism-3-socialism
The principles of pragmatic social policies

The greatest achievement of Karl Marx
The greatest achievement of Karl Marx is the framing of the debate.

The liberal bubble
The New York Liberal attitude – our discussion of magnet schools with our friend

Three book reviews
Reviewing “the Iron Curtain”- “The Shock Doctrine” and “The Shadow Party”

Questioning the obvious
The questions of civil forfeiture and militarization of the police – thinking about an appropriate Libertarian position on the issue

Democracy, anarchy freedom
Introduction to a debate about the different ways of approaching political participation for libertarians

More democracy
Making the case for the idea that changes to our electoral systems will NOT improve democracy

No democracy
This post is an argument against the anarcho-capitalist in general and against the harmful views of Stefan Molyneux in particular

Less democracy
Making the case for the idea that reducing the scope of democratic decision making is the only way to solve the problems of democracy

Politics in practice (top)

The functioning of the apparatus, political classes, the functioning of the bureaucracies; the antiques of politicians etc.

Dazed and confused
Thoughts about the report of the UN special rapporteur and the media reaction to it.

Our scary future
Commenting on the NYC large soft drink ban ; also pointing out the similarities with the other CO2 scare: Global warming

Obama’s heroism – Osama’s martyrdom
Some thoughts about the death of Osama bin Laden and the way his assassination was handled

Welcome to the Big Fat Greek Revolution
Making the case that Greece is just a prelude to the US crisis, showing how America voted in 2012 for a Greek future

FEMA, compassion, indignation
Making the suggestion that we should rub the nose of the socialists into the problems their politics create

The future is Islam.
A post about submission to authority, the loss of individual decision making power. Allusions are made to the similarities of statism and Islam

Who is the bully here
The real bullies are the politicians. The post tries to make the case that the real problem is the militant enforcement of egalitarianism in the schools

Political Circus minimus
Showing how the media works political causes in Toronto

More on the CPP and its saviors
A further look into the background of the Canada Pension Plan

Our public parts
Ranting about the consistent misuse of the notions of private and public in politics

It’s the season of contempt
The abysmal state of opinion research and the reasons behind the contemptuous treatment of the electorate

The victory of defeatism
The meaning of the Ontario elections and the atrocities in Iraq

 Pondering our future
Arguing that the recent liberal idea of mandatory voting is just a sign of much worse to come

Law & order (top)

My story. Finally.
The history of my imprisonment.

What prisons should be about.
How prisons functioned in communist Hungary and how they should here, today

justice health
The case of ‘R’ and her husband in the Canadian justice system

Hate speech
Discussing the Supreme Court decision reinforcing hate speech provisions in the Canadian Human Rights act

Rights-what rights
A discussion on the nature of natural rights in light of the abortion debate

Culture & society (top)

Ideology, religion, cultures of different places, national identities, morality, civilization; institutions of civil society

Need, greed and the meaning of money
Using two friends as examples, exploring the meaning of greed , need and money

Tolerance part #2
Making the case for the point that religious freedom is an illusion and therefore cannot and should not be used as an excuse for anything

Tolerance part #3
Exploring the limits of stupidity through analyzing its wishy-washy popular understanding of ‘tolerance’

Celebrating un-civility
Making the case that standing up to stupid politicians is a civic duty, no matter how uncivil to tone is

The crossroads of tolerance
Exploring the limits of tolerance and pondering its potential conflicts

Islam and the Golden rule
Trying to demonstrate the fallacy of the golden rule, showing that it may mean very different things in different cultures.

Isn’t it time to get offended
A list of my grievances against the religion of perpetual offense

What it means to be an immigrant
A list of the prerequisites of being Canadian

On the crossroads of pathologies.
In the intersection of radical Islam and the radical left

Do not believe me
Annotated references on Islam

Seven questions for a believer
The questions to Muslims in this post are serious and honest. I am not trying to mock them but I do not believe that they can answer them.

I tell you why
Analyzing the ‘work’ of Declan Galbraith, the Irish child prodigy, exposing some of the sappy clichés of the left

The atheist zeal
Trying to demonstrate how the most vehement opponents of formal religions are just devotees of different gods

Our cultural comfort zone
This is a post about our third India trip, about the flight there, about going deep into other cultures, about why that is important and why it is so deeply limited

India, the good the bad-and-the-puzzling/
First post in the series taking an inventory of culture, economy and the prospects of that world

Plastics and the white man’s burden
About the garbage of India

The enemy of the good
Exploring questions of cultural attitude toward work and our immediate environment

Practicing safe heroism
The bravery of our feminists

You don’t have to like the Jews
Making the point that what is right or wrong should have nothing to do with personal preferences.

You don’t have to hate the Muslims
Making the point that you don’t have to hate the Muslims to be against Islam, continuing on a previous post arguing for the separation of people from their ideology

Economy (top)

Comments from an Austrian school perspective in economic issues

What can we learn from Greece
Just making some points about Greece, a list of lessons we should finally learn including some specifically for Canada

Credit rating
Asking advice from a credit risk expert

Pension dignity
Examining the claims of the NDP that our seniors are in grave danger

Talking Canada Pension Plan
The real plan as revealed in the meeting about the CPP ……..

More on the CPP and its saviors
A further look into the background of the Canada Pension Plan

The Tao of recessions
Arguing for a more positive perception of recessions, a Taoist approach to it and pointing out in detail the good things about them. Also questions very foundation of the theory.

A pinch of communism
Describing the way ‘economist’ were working in the communist commonwealth

Issues (top)

This will probably be my biggest subject as it encompasses everything from the environment, education, health care social security, energy and resource policy, social justice and globalization, etc.

The square root of intelligence
Commentary on a debate about taxation “The rich is taxed enough” – Trying to make the points the people for the motion were not able to make; arguing that the taxation system is grossly unfair – but not the way the proponents of social justice understand it

Health care (top)

Dealing with the free – Missing the freedom
The story of my broken clavicle and the treatment I got from our amazing health care system

Two tier medicine yet again
Making the point that choices always have to be made and we will always be better off we make them ourselves.

One more on health care
Another personal health care story with wider implications

The triage of money – the cost of free
This is the first in a series talking about a healthcare issue that made it to the Supreme court of Canada

Health care confusion
Continuing the arguments about the Rasouli case, about the inevitable consequences of socialized anything

Free to sleaze
My answer to the question posed to Ron Paul by Wolf Blitzer in a primaries debate

The harm government services cause
Making the argument that public services are inherently harmful

Free to sleaze
My answer to the question posed to Ron Paul by Wolf Blitzer in a primaries debate

Environment (top)

Ideology and pragmatism #1
Using environmentalism as an example to make the point that the ideological approach is not beneficial.

Sustainable self-indulgence
Questions about companies pathetic attempts to ingratiate themselves to those hell-bent on destroying them and about the hypocritical stupidity of the environmental movement.

My 5 cents’ worth on the plastics wars
Thoughts on the Toronto plastic bags ban (of a sort)

Our scary future
Commenting on the NYC large soft drink ban ; also pointing out the similarities with the other CO2 scare: Global warming

Gender politics (top)

Tolerance part #1
Asking questions about my sexual orientation, about the misuse of language and the foundations of tolerance

The crossroads of tolerance
Exploring the limits of tolerance and pondering its potential conflicts

Till rights do us part.
The gay marriage issue

How many wrongs does it take to make a right?
Making the case that fiddling with a fundamentally bad law cannot make it better

Pride is nothing to be proud of
Commenting on the storm I raised with the posting of a silly joke; talking about my personal discomfort with the notion of pride in general

What’s next? Your goat?
Making all the arguments against gay marriage and concluding that I could probably support it

Immigration (top)

What it means to be an immigrant
A list of the prerequisites of being Canadian

Timeout
A short explanation of the difficulties arguing with ill-informed misconceptions and feel-good clichés

Inequality / Minimum wage (top)

Wealth Inequality in America
Commenting on a dangerously popular piece of propaganda about wealth inequality in America

Minimum wage
An exhaustive list of the arguments against the minimum wage illustrated with my personal experiences with it

Maximum confusion
Dissecting some popular misconceptions about the minimum wage using the Australian example

Maximum stupidity
Commenting on a Senate hearing with Elizabeth Warren demonstrating an alarming level of stupidity

Maximum defense
One more argument questioning the sleazy insinuations of Elizabeth Warren about the minimum wage in a senate hearing

Colossal neo-com con-job
An answer to a Robert Reich article published on his blog advocating income redistribution

Abortion (top)

Abortion
An intensely personal take on a very public, political subject

A Libertarian position
Part two of my point on abortion, the political one this time

Rights-what rights
A discussion on the nature of natural rights in light of the abortion debate

Gun control (top)

Whose numbers?
Commenting on a comment on a New York Times article about gun control

Welfare (top)

A cause to believe in?
I was asked to support a cause by signing a petition against another “unfair tax” As you may suspect, the case is not that simple.

Education (top)

Moral-free Montreal Mob Freedom
Commenting on the Montreal student protests against raising tuition fees in Universities; making the case for the elimination of public funding for higher education

The beauty of choice
Arguing the point that politics and politicians are not the right people to determine what constitutes good education. The subject is too important NOT to leave it to the market

Who is the bully here
The real bullies are the politicians. The post tries to make the case that the real problem is the militant enforcement of egalitarianism in the schools

The liberal bubble
The New York Liberal attitude – our discussion of magnet schools with our friend

Genderless politics
Making the point that the right strategy to fight the left is not on issues, but on fundamental rights – such as the right to choose, the right to opt out, etc

Zeitgeist (top)

Questions and fears about our future, generational anxiety, political correctness, attitude toward politics, etc.

Need, greed and the meaning of money
Using two friends as examples, exploring the meaning of greed , need and money

The balls of Sun media
The Montreal Student protests and their analysis in Sun News – asking for a more critical stand

I tell you why
Analyzing the ‘work’ of Declan Galbraith, the Irish child prodigy, exposing some of the sappy clichés of the left

Practicing safe heroism
The bravery of our feminists

Philosophy (top)

Philosophical questions about the nature of truth, goodness and the purpose of life

The nature of truth #1
This piece, explaining my understanding about the nature of truth, reaches far beyond the actual subject of the question, it is the foundation of my way to relate to reality

The nature of truth #2
Advancing the argument about the fuzziness of truth and the dangers of seeing it as absolute

Why Marxism
Comments on an excellent presentation about Marxism by Bradley Thompson and an ensuing conversation about it.

Personal & miscellaneous (top)

Personal observations, musing, stands and positions

Why am I so judgmental
Making the case for the virtue of being judgmental

Embarrassed by my roots
Analyzing the Hungarian multi-culti TV show

The Principles of Bullspeak
The principles of Bullspeak – a sales pitch for my book

My story. Finally.
The history of my imprisonment

Anniversary
A moment of introspection about the status of this blog

Let me be fuzzy
Discussing my personal attitudes toward our political opponents

Letter to Stefan
A Personal letter questioning Stefan’s approach to popularizing liberty

Pride is nothing to be proud of
Commenting on the storm I raised with the posting of a silly joke; talking about my personal discomfort with the notion of pride in general

 

 

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