Wednesday, December 7, 2011

The Iron Laws

1. You get more of what you reward and less of what you punish.
2. Money and power will always find each other.
3. If everything is a priority, nothing is a priority.
4. The less you know about something, the easier it looks.
5. You aren’t free unless you are free to be wrong.
6. Me today, you tomorrow.
7. Foreseeable consequences are not unintended.

I might restate #7 a bit, but these are pretty good. Thanks to RC Dean.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Isn't it nice when someone else has already written, quite eloquently, what you were thinking?

Well, maybe sometimes it is frustrating, but I stumbled upon this today and it states things very nicely:
From the fact that people are very different it follows that, if we treat them equally, the result must be Inequality in their actual position,, and that the only way to place them in an equal position would be to treat them differently. Equality before the law and material equality are therefore not only different but are in conflict with each other; and we can achieve either the one or the other, but not both at the same time. The equality before the law which freedom requires leads to material inequality. Our argument will be that, though where the state must use coercion for other reasons, it should treat all people alike, the desire of making people more alike in their condition cannot be accepted in a free society as a justification for further and discriminatory coercion.

We do not object to equality as such. It merely happens to be the case that a demand for equality is the professed motive of most of those who desire to impose upon society a preconceived pattern of distribution. Our objection is against all attempts to impress upon society a deliberately chosen pattern of distribu­tion, whether it be an order of equality or of inequality.

--F. A. Hayek

Friday, October 14, 2011

I am the .00000033%

And so are you.  1 in 300 million.  Now what?

I'm trying to keep an open mind about this occupy wall street thing, but most of what I am seeing is overly entitled young people who don't think that they should have to endure the consequences of their own choices and a lot of the same naive (if I'm generous) and tired anti-capitalist and anti-globalization garbage. A lot of the occupiers seem to get part of the problem, that there is far too cozy a relationship between government and big business.  But even the less crazy protesters seem to think that more government power to regulate, control wages, etc. will somehow help this situation.  More government means more favors to hand out to big business.

Some amusing related links: - Pithy comments on "99%ers" images.

Adendum:  Not sure if this is performance art, sincere activism (OK, I'm pretty sure it's not that), or what, but I like it.  Goes well with my "Fuck Peace" protest sign.  Do I know her?

Monday, October 3, 2011

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Welcome to your Doom

Some shit from Sega Genesis.  Golden Axe or something like that?