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The Nature of Things

The Nature of Things

What Is Natural Law, And Why Does It Matter?

Nathan LaDuke | medium.com | 16th November 2021

Natural law is the idea that morality is objective, being transcendent by nature and found in the design and order of the created world...

The notion that there is, because of the "divine intelligence", a natural order within the created world by which each and every created being's goodness can be objectively judged, both on the level of being (ontological goodness), and, for human-beings, specifically, on the level of human action (moral goodness).  Natural law, then, states that there are such things as right and wrong, and they are not left up to the individual to decide... READ MORE

Dark Skies

You No Longer Believe the Government? That’s Not Enough

Alex R. Knight III | everything-voluntary.com | 20th January 2022

No one with even a modicum of intelligence believes the corporate media is anything more than a propaganda wing of the government – and a very poor one, at that.  No one really believes the government itself anymore.  It`s never legitimate for one group of people to claim rule over another, no matter the pretext... so what should you do?  READ MORE

The Milgram Experiment

Jeff Riggenbach | mises.org | 3rd September 2010

It was about 1550, according to the standard accounts — about 14 years before the birth of Shakespeare, about 80 years before the birth of John Locke, about 135 years before the birth of Bach — that a young Frenchman named Etienne de La Boetie, a young man of what we, today, would call college age, about 20 years old, posed what Murray Rothbard would later describe as "the central problem of political philosophy: the mystery of civil obedience. Why do people, in all times and places, obey the commands of the government, which always constitutes a small minority of the society?"

La Boetie saw, Rothbard wrote, that

every tyranny must necessarily be grounded upon general popular acceptance. In short, the bulk of the people themselves, for whatever reason, acquiesce in their own subjection. If this were not the case, no tyranny, indeed no governmental rule, could long endure. Hence, a government does not have to be popularly elected to enjoy general public support; for general public support is in the very nature of all governments that endure, including the most oppressive of tyrannies. The tyrant is but one person, and could scarcely command the obedience of another person, much less of an entire country, if most of the subjects did not grant their obedience by their own consent.

This, then, becomes for La Boétie the central problem of political theory: why in the world do people consent to their own enslavement?


Why Personal Sovereignty Matters

Schuyler Brown | medium.com | 8th December 2019

At this time when new worlds are wanting to be built, it feels critical to ensure we`re building them as whole/holistic individual units representing healthy and unique perspectives.  We need many voices, many visions, many hands in these times... READ MORE

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Relationships Advice

Norman Vincent Peale's Ten Rules for getting along with people

  1. Remember their names.
  2. Be comfortable to be with. Don't cause strain in others.
  3. Try not to let things bother you. Be easy going.
  4. Don't be egotisticle or a know-it-all.
  5. Learn to be interesting so that people will get something stimulating from being with you.
  6. Eliminate the "scratchy" elements in your personality, traits that can irritate others.
  7. Never miss a chance to offer support or to say "congratulations".
  8. Work at liking people. Eventually you'll like them naturally.
  9. Honestly try to heal any misunderstandings and drain off greivances.
  10. Develop spiritual depth in yourself and share this strength with others.

Source: Time Talk, Time Management Center, Grandville, MI.