Polyprofundis: May, 2018

“Polyprofundis” is a made-up word meaning roughly “a series of profundae”. It’s just a fancy way of briefly summarizing books I’ve read.  –“Economic Calculation in the Socialist Commonwealth”, Ludwig Von Mises. This book-length essay, published in the beginning of the 20th century, was and is among the strongest critiques of socialism ever written. Mises forcefully […]

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 […]

WorldSys: Austrian Home Study Course, Week 22

READINGS: “The Environmentalist Threat” in Lew Rockwell’s The Economics of Liberty 1 How is the environmentalist movement similar to Marxism? It’s a utopian, absolutist constellation of ideas nestled firmly within Leftism and perfectly comfortable with outrageous violations of basic civil liberties. 2 Whom does Rockwell consider the father of environmentalism? Jean-Jacques Rosseau. 3 Aren’t extreme […]

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 […]