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On motorcycles, politics, life, and the occasional food porn from a couple of erstatz libertarians living in the the little ole state that looks like a booger hanging off the nose of New Jersey.

At times, we can be profound and enlightening.  At other times, we are flying by the seat of our pants and are full of crap.  You decide which is the case.

Our favorite quote of the day is from Ayn Rand:

“There’s no way to rule innocent men. The only power government has is the power to crack down on criminals. Well, when there aren’t enough criminals, one makes them. One declares so many things to be a crime that it becomes impossible for men to live without breaking laws.”

Most folks are just trying to make their way the best the can.  Seems to be getting harder and harder to do that anymore without pissing somebody off.

That pisses us off.

4 responses to “About

  1. Pingback: On bringing an old passion back to life…. | Delaware Curmudgeon

  2. Leo

    In an inerview with Peter Robinson, the late Milton Friedman defined two strands of libertarianism:

    “The more extreme version of libertarianism has one central principle- it is immoral to initiate force on anyone else. … So the coercive power of the state is immoral in and of itself…and all you need to know that something of the state is immoral is whether it involves the initiation of force. That’s one brand, now there’s another brand which is one I would be favorable to, which you could call consequentialist libertarianism. [It] wants the smallest, least intrusive government consistent with the maximum freedom of each individual, as long as he doesn’t interfere with other individuals pursuing their own freedom.”

    In my ignorance, I had never heard of Ayn Rand, and your post is the second time I hear her mentioned. Would you subscribe the Rand’s view or Friedman’s?

    By the way, if you have not seen that interview, I think you would enjoy it, particularly the way it is introduced:

    http://www.hoover.org/multimedia/uncommon-knowledge/26936

  3. Shirley Vandever

    I would subscribe to the “consequential” brand. There a few (a very few) functions where a government is useful: I can think of highways as one, though I would leave this more to the States rather than have these monolitic federal alphabet agencies such as NTSB, NHTSA, DOT, etc. They have overlapping functions which just confuse the heck out of everyone.

    I’m surprised you’ve never heard of Ayn Rand, she of “John Galt” fame. You may want to read The Fountainhead and Atlas Shrugged which are apparently coming back in vogue. To tell you the truth, I’ve seen old interviews with her and she seemed to be a rather joylous person. That might give a hint to her philosophy of objectivism. Although there are probably basic principles I could agree with (and I am no scholar), it seems kind of a sad and loveless way of life.

  4. Shirley Vandever

    Also, Leo, I’ve bookmarked the Friedman interview and will definitely check it out. I recently purchased his book “Capitalism and Freedom”, but haven’t started it yet….that’s what my train time is for !

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