About

Welcome to my blog.

I created this blog to promote a classical liberal view of the world and champion the mass flourishing of humanity through capitalism and the rule of law.

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The origin of this blog is explained in its first post.There will be occasional pictures of cats too.

Photo credit: Luz Abogadie-Rose

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9 thoughts on “About

  1. Hi, Jim –

    Thanks for reading my blog, and thanks for the re-blog.

    Interesting blog you have here. Our politics seem to be different (although with points of overlap), but I appreciate your take on things.

    I wouldn’t normally take the time to post a reply, but the name of your blog (and the explanation in your first post) interest me. I did much of my grad work (unpublished) on the idea of utopia (and “dystopia”) in fiction, and most of my own writing (also, sadly, mostly unpublished) involves some degree of exploration of the concept.

    Your idea that ‘this is already utopia’ isn’t rare. A reader won’t come across it all that much in fiction, but the idea has sometimes had a solid following in philosophy (is it within ‘pragmatism’? I forget these details when I’m not actively involved with the work — I know Leibniz held this interpretation, but that’s what you get when a mathematician ponders the universe).

    The important thing that I’ve discovered about utopias is that they can’t exist, at least not in the traditional sense. This is not a question of ‘the perfect is the enemy of the good.’ Instead, my observation has been that any utopia is based on the conception of one individual (or a small group) of what the perfect world looks like. Every utopia is essentially the dictatorial or totalitarian view of an individual (or group) imposed at the expense of all others. Every utopia, in fact, is inherently a dystopia for anyone who does not share the narrow vision of its architect. This is why Orwell despised both fascism and socialism and is the greater point of “1984”; it’s why Hayek feared that both extreme capitalism and extreme liberal-progressivism would lead to serfdom; and it’s why in Huxley’s “Brave New World” the world controller, on revealing that disruptive elements are exiled to isolated islands, comments that “It’s lucky that there are such a lot of islands in the world. I don’t know what we should do without them.” That’s where all the interesting people are.

    This of course, shouldn’t have a serious impact on your blog or your beliefs: I don’t think you intend to say that we live in a perfect world, only that, like Leibniz, you believe this is the best of all possible worlds. Or perhaps simply that this is the only world we’re ever going to have, so we ought to learn to live with it and do our best to improve it while we’re here.

    Thanks again, and I wish you continued success on your island.

    • Chris (thebettereditor.wordpress.com)

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  2. Hi Jim, thanks for liking my post on Fruits & Votes!
    I am excited to have found another classical liberal on the blogosphere, especially one who is also interested in institutions. I was wondering if I could ask you for some advice over email? I would greatly appreciate it.

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  3. I like optimism. I am very much in favour of giving the individual scope to follow his own instincts thinking that he is likely to make better judgements than some social planner sitting in a council office. Perhaps I am a libertarian.

    The environmental movement has the status of mothers milk. We give these guys too much power to interfere in our lives. We drift towards totalitarianism in the name of sustainability and the environment.

    Thanks for following. I will reciprocate.

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  4. Read (and follow please) my blog at eurationality.wordpress.com
    Latest blog today is on the spat about whether or not the Treaty of Rome provided an unfettered right of freedom of movement to people – actually it provides freedom of movement to workers and even indicates that even that could have undesirable effects.

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