April 1, 2014

Present!

Brother jg is sadly correct. A major roll-out planned for this weekend is like, totally seriously, eating into my blogging time. I'm reading; I'm alive.

Thursday I will get my trial drug infusion. The steroids I get for symptom mitigation generally have the symptom of making me overly loquacious. I'll make up for lost words then.

Posted by John Kranz at April 1, 2014 3:54 PM

What do you think of the new bumper sticker? I was hoping you would offer to create a second page for our online store. I expect these will fly off the shelves when I peddle them to FB friends.

Posted by: johngalt at April 2, 2014 5:43 PM

Happy to add it to the store! Coitenly!

COEXI$T has become so beloved to me that it is a high bar: Penn & Teller's "Peace on Earth" episode condensed into 4 x 6" I recall it took a bit for me to warm up to it.

Free-stuff is witty and the design is superb. Its underlying philosophy does not touch me in the same way as COEXI$T.

Larry Kudlow (withdrawal at 7PN Eastern, 4PM Pacific) was championing a Jack Kemp, champion of the poor conservatism. My Facebook friends will see that as part of Mitt Romney's 47% and makers vs. taklers.

It may be a question of "Kaizen" versus "Pareto:" do we fix the big things first, or fix the little things and allow the big to take care of themselves. There is a Facebook patois that asks "why do you greedy, smelly Republicans always have to start economizing with food stamps?" I don't think that's the plan, but the mohair, ethanol, and ag lobbies all swoop in to restore their cuts and when the bill passes...

So Hear, Hear. I'll invest if needed, facilitate sales, and even buy a couple. But it doesn't define me like COEXI$T.

Posted by: jk at April 2, 2014 7:44 PM

Your question is moot. Since I can't personally change the big stuff [repeal the 16th and 17th Amendments] I'm left with 'do little things or do nothing.' And yet, little things can have big impacts. Imagine if all the folks who erroneously believe it is their right to impose on someone else actually realized how wrong that idea is, and how they have been misled by self-serving demagogues. They might stop voting for said demagogues. [A lonely Objectivist can dream.]

I actually thought Rights=Freedoms would be more popular with my liberty activist friends. The Coexi$t meme is already so polarized that many don't take it seriously. It's always a challenge to strike the right balance of clarity and brevity known as "pithiness" but hey, I got a "like" from Shawn Mitchell for this wording!

I'm going to buy a hundred of them this time so let's make it $2.50 instead of 3 bucks. Maybe that'll help sales.

And please reconsider the sticker stand-alone, without my introduction. We may need to revise that for the store page, taking out references to certain 'very popular on FB' "rights." We'll be more successful if we attack them in a rear echelon movement rather than head-on.

Posted by: johngalt at April 3, 2014 11:47 AM

Here's one possibility for a tag paragraph:

STICKER

In our polarized, hyper-partisan society there's one thing on which nearly everyone agrees: Freedom is a good thing. America's Constitution has even enshrined freedom, liberty, as something to be "secured" both "to ourselves and our Posterity." It regarded man's Rights as "inalienable" and enumerated many of them in a so-called "Bill of Rights." But even then, some freedoms were not recognized and had to be instituted in our law through persistent, morally just, social agitation.

But can this tactic grow too extreme? Some "rights" recently championed for "the people" actually infringe on the freedoms of others. And if each of us is to have inalienable rights, how do we protect one's rights from a new "right" of others? By knowing the definition of what rights truly are and where they come from.

(continue reading...)

Ayn Rand wrote:


A "right" is a moral principle defining and sanctioning a man's freedom of action in a social context. There is only one fundamental right (all the others are its consequences or corollaries): a man's right to his own life. Life is a process of self-sustaining and self-generated action; the right to life means the right to engage in self-sustaining and self-generated action - which means: the freedom to take all the actions required by the nature of a rational being for the support, the furtherance, the fulfillment and the enjoyment of his own life. (Such is the meaning of the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.)

And further:

The concept of individual rights is so prodigious a feat of political thinking that few men grasp it fully - and two hundred years have not been enough for other countries to understand it. But this is the concept to which we owe our lives - the concept which made it possible for us to bring into reality everything of value that any of us did or will achieve or experience.

If you wish to preserve and protect this prodigious feat of political thinking, buy the sticker and display it proudly. We need not look far to see what will happen if this idea dies out from the minds of men:

When individual rights are abrogated, there is no way to determine who is entitled to what; there is no way to determine the justice of anyone's claims, desires, or interests. The criterion, therefore, reverts to the tribal concept of: one's wishes are limited only by the power of one's gang. In order to survive under such a system, men have no choice but to fear, hate, and destroy one another; it is a system of underground plotting, of secret conspiracies, of deals, favors, betrayals, and sudden, bloody coups. - Ayn Rand

Sound familiar?

Posted by: johngalt at April 3, 2014 12:26 PM | What do you think? [4]