"My understanding is that espionage means giving secret or classified information to the enemy. Since Snowden shared information with the American people, his indictment for espionage could reveal (or confirm) that the US Government views you and me as the enemy."
"The essence of human personality is not the mass of material which composes our bodies—a bundle of stuff that in any case changes over time like Heracleitus’ river, through accretion of new particles and discharge of old ones—but our activities and projects; indeed a human being’s body itself is simply one of its owner’s ongoing projects. By transforming external objects so as to incorporate them into my ongoing projects, I make them an extension of myself, in a manner analogous to the way that food becomes part of my body through digestion. What we transform in this way becomes so related to us that no one can subject it to her purposes without thereby subjecting us to her purposes and so violating our right of self-ownership; we make something into our property by causing it to have the same relation to ourselves that the matter composing our bodies has to ourselves."
- Roderick T. Long - LAND-LOCKED: A CRITIQUE OF CARSON ON PROPERTY RIGHTS (via byulibertarian)
I haven’t read much of Carson, but my appreciation for Roderick Long grows by the fortnight. Excellent, excellent defense of creating property in external objects.
"The most essential fact is that there is no functional relation between the price level and any rate of interest. Consequently, no monetary change has any direct and permanent effect on the rate. On this point such writers as Keynes and [J. R.] Hicks fall into the simple methodological fallacy dealt with in the early part of this paper—confusion of the power to ‘disturb’ another value magnitude with a real functional connection of causality. Keynes bases his whole argument for the monetary theory of interest on the familiar fact that open market operations can be effective. Hicks makes the error more palpable … Hicks assumes without qualification or reservation a definite (inverse) functional relation between the quantity of money and the interest rate. It is a depressing fact that at the present date in history there should be any occasion to point out to students that this position is mere man-in-the-street economics."
- Frank H. Knight,On the History and Method of Economics, (University of Chicago Press, 1956), p. 222 (via utilitymaximiser)
Frank Knight could really hit the Keynesian paradigm hard!
"I just don’t buy this argument that, you know, this hurts national security. I covered al-Qaeda for The New York Times, and, believe me, they know they’re being monitored. The whole idea that somehow it comes as a great surprise to jihadist groups that their emails, websites and phone calls are being tracked is absurd. This is—we’re talking about the wholesale collection of information on virtually most of the American public, and the consequences of that are truly terrifying. At that point, we are in essence snuffing out the capacity of any kind of investigation into the inner workings of power. And to throw out this notion that it harmed—this harmed national security, there’s no evidence for that, in the same way that there is no evidence that the information that Bradley Manning leaked in any way harmed national security. It didn’t. What the security and surveillance state is doing is playing on fear and using that fear to accrue to themselves tremendous forms of power that in a civil society, in a democracy, they should never have. And that’s the battle that’s underway right now, and, frankly, we’re losing."