Four Visions of the World: Constrained, Unconstrained, Stasist, Dynamist

About half a dozen years ago, I read two books in succession that I did not expect to have much to do with each other.  They both proposed intriguing dichotomies.  These dichotomies cut up the world differently, but I began to see interesting ways they could be layered on top of each other. The…


Taking a Walk as a Revolutionary Act

Here's a really fun article TK Coleman and I wrote for a new publication called Design 4 Emergence.  Check out the beautiful layout on the original! ----------------------------------------------- Isaac’s Take: The Mind a Blender It was cliché. I took a walk on the beach and my life changed…


The Economic Argument Against Immigration is Pretty Gross

The economic argument against immigration is especially disgusting. You might think cultural arguments about keeping a country "pure" or safety arguments claiming all immigrants are criminals are more offensive.  But let's examine what the economic argument against immigration really means. The…


Above the Fray from Beneath

The infantry advanced, The artillery it rumbled.  A Great War was raging Even stout hearts now they stumbled.  Low on the battlefield Beneath the trench and wire Stood this tiny order Surrounded by blasts and fire.  Upon it emerged one Too small to see at first glance, Not possible…


The Discontent Optimist

I'm an optimist and a big believer in consciously adopting an optimistic outlook.  I'm also a huge fan of discontentment.  I see these attitudes as complimentary, not contradictory. Optimism is a belief in the possibility for a better future.  It's about seeing opportunity in every situation.  A…


Should the Poor Be Forcibly Sterilized?

Do you think I could convince you that the US needs a forced sterilization program to prevent poor people from having children? Before you react, please take a moment to consider my case... What if I told you that people born into poor families have a higher statistical likelihood of committing…


Capitalism is Peaceful

Part three in a series of eight on the morality of capitalism. Free markets are probably the greatest force for peace in history. There are three distinct ways in which capitalism promotes peace. A negative system The simplest way in which capitalism is peaceful is by its abstention from direct…


Happy Easter

Whether or not you follow any of the various religions that celebrate Easter, or other celebrations of rebirth and new life this time of year, there is beauty and power in the symbols that accompany the season.  The emergence from winter's death and dormancy; the wild, erratic, uneven surge of…


But Who Would Bilk the Roads?

But who would create the long lines in which to wait to be told you have the wrong documents?  Who would build the bridges to nowhere?  Who would pay $300 for a toilet seat?  Who would lose your important items in the mail?  Who would force you to turn off your cell phone while taxiing on the…


Rhetorical Martyrdom, or Self-Defense?

Let's say someone aggresses against you. You've done no wrong and are morally justified in defending yourself with force. You are also morally justified in choosing not to resist, and possibly become a martyr for your non-aggression. Both responses are morally acceptable, but which is more…