Comments on: Spike Lee’s Twitter Message About George Zimmerman and Causation under Libertarian Theory Property - Prosperity - Peace Sat, 09 May 2015 08:06:55 +0000 hourly 1 By: Vanmind Sun, 01 Apr 2012 19:32:13 +0000 I think that none of these atomic “What would be the [tort or contract] case under free markets?” issues will become even sort-of knowable until there is an actual free market society in which to suss out the details. As Mises said (to paraphrase): Man has no observable access to the noumenal world.

How constructive is it to argue the merits of one conjecture over the merits of another conjecture? Is the kind of navel-gazing that goes beyond introspective reflection of previous praxeological actions ever to be considered a positive trait? Are philosophers really just wasted space that positivists (e.g. engineers) could put to so-called better use?

Then, of course, there’s also the concept of art, which brings us in this “case” back full-circle to Mr. Lee, to the portfolio of his completed works-of-art, and to his apparent “Lynch the f*cker!” attempt to parlay his fame into a coerced political “will” among the masses.

Oh, and the concept of free will, let’s not forget about that. Where to start…

P.S. At the end of the day I would be tempted to ask Mr. Lee if he knows how to “do the right thing,” but that would open up a whole “moral relativism” can of worms and likely would compel him to claim that he was being sincere according to the perspective of his “class consciousness.” Hell, this whole twitter thing might be his after-the-fact prologue to that very film — after all, summer’s coming and it’s an election year for his Dear Leader.

By: Cinnamon Sun, 01 Apr 2012 16:30:58 +0000 It seems someone needs to review his Aesop:

The Trumpeter Taken Prisoner:
A Trumpeter, being taken prisoner in battle, begged hard for quarter, declaring his innocence, and protesting that he neither had killed nor could kill any man, bearing no arms but his trumpet, which he was obliged to sound at the word of command.
For that reason, replied his enemies, we are determined not to spare you; for though you yourself never fight, yet, with that wicked instrument of yours, you blow up animosity among other people, and so become the cause of much bloodshed.

The fomenter of mischief is at least as culpable as he who puts it in execution. A man may be guilty of murder who never has handled a sword or pulled a trigger or lifted up his arm with any mischievous weapon. There is a little incendiary called the tongue, which is more venomous than a poisoned arrow, and more killing than a two-edged sword. The moral of the Fable therefore is this, that if in any civil insurrection the persons taken in arms against the government, deserve to die, much more do they whose devilish tongues or pens gave birth to the sedition and excited the tumult. The Fable is also equally applicable to those evil counsellors, who excite corrupt or wicked governments to sap and undermine, and then to overturn the just laws and liberties of a whole people; or involve them in cruel offensive wars in which they cause thousands upon thousands of swords to be drawn and whole armies of men to be cut in pieces while they themselves coolly sit out of danger and calculate the gains they derive from the wide- spreading desolation. War is the most horrid custom that ever resulted from human wickedness and is caused only by the ignorance of the people, or the wickedness of governments.


By: Chris Rhodes Sat, 31 Mar 2012 23:48:11 +0000 Public disclosure of private facts and misrepresentation should be recognized as crimes in libertarian philosophy?

That strikes me as incorrect.

By: Chris Tozzo Sat, 31 Mar 2012 23:03:38 +0000 There’s nothing “vicarious” about the torts of public disclosure of private facts and false light misrepresentation. This was slam-dunk (pun intended) tortious conduct (indeed, it was intentional under the transferred intent doctrine) that (1) Lee would have lost in court, and (2) implicates no libertarian difficulties.

By: Bryan Moir Sat, 31 Mar 2012 22:31:22 +0000 I think the least that Spike can do it to pay for the couple’s hotel bill.