WorldSys: Austrian Home Study Course, Week 26

READINGS: “Private Security” in Bob Murphy’s Chaos Theory. 1 What is anarcho-capitalism? The most thorough possible endorsement of private property rights and free markets. Anarcho-capitalists believe that infrastructure, healthcare, police, armies, and everything else should be provided by the private sector. 2 Are all Austrians anarcho-capitalists? Today, it definitely seems that way, but historically many […]

WorldSys: Austrian Home Study Course, Week 25

READINGS: “Education: Free and Compulsory” by Murray Rothbard 1 How does Rothbard describe a person’s education, starting from infancy? As a process of maturing into the full stature of a human being, which means developing the powers of reason which are our uniquely human endowment. Especially in infancy and early childhood this happens ceaselessly, every […]

WorldSys: Austrian Home Study Course, week 24

READINGS: Walter Block’s “Free Market Transportation: Denationalizing the Roads”. 1 What is the lethal menace that Block describes in the beginning of his article? The nationalized roadway system. 2 Describe the record of government road management in terms of fatalities? Abysmal. Block walks through some statistics: 46,700 killed on public roads annually, over half a […]

The Structure of Science as a Gnostic Manifold

Part I While reading Paul Rosenbloom’s excellent “On Computing” I feel as though I’ve glimpsed the outlines of something big.  In the book Rosenbloom advances the argument that computing should be counted among the ‘Great Domains’ of science, instead of being considered a mere branch of engineering. During the course of advancing this thesis he […]