Wednesday, 26 April 2006


Thanks for your various responses to the questions I posted here last Thursday. I'll give you my own answers now:

1. What in your opinion is the single biggest issue facing the world over the next ten years?
The rise of and the threat from Islamo-fascism. I'd like to be wrong, but the recent chest-beating from bin Laden and the bombing in Egypt just underscore that this threat isn't going away.

2. Facing the West?
The failure to understand and defend the Enlightenment values that underpin the West, and the related and continuing assault on reason from 'post-modern' academics and conservative theologians.

3. Facing New Zealand?
The ongoing destruction of New Zealanders' property rights.

In fact, when reflecting on this over the weekend, if I had my druthers I'd be putting my energies into putting together an organisation that promotes, explains and defends property rights in New Zealand, one that suggests common law- and property rights-based solutions to contemporary environmental and other issues (such as may be found here and here)-- one that highlights and argues for a sensible, common law-based framework as an alternative to the RMA.

A website for this would be a good start, as would be a title for both organisation and site. Any suggestions? Institute for Property Rights sounds far too stuffy, doesn't it? And perhaps Environment Probe just a little too worthy -- and it has already been taken.

LINKS: Osama's latest - The Qando blog
Triple blasts rock Egypt resort - BBC News
America vs death worship et al - Ayn Rand Institute
Stephen Hicks on Post-Modernism - The Objectivist Center
Explaining Postmodernism: Skepticism & Socialism from Rousseau to Foucault, by Stephen Hicks - Amazon
Religion vs America et al - Leonard Peikoff, Ayn Rand Institute
Property Rights articles at Not PC
Common Law articles at Not PC
Environment Probe website

TAGS: War, Multiculturalism, Religion, Philosophy, Postmodernism, Property Rights, Common_Law


  1. A website would be a good start, as would be a title for both organisation and site. Any suggestions?

    How about "Fuck off - it's MINE"

    with the mission statement being:
    Keep your hands out of my pockets - there aint a goddam thing in there belongs to you!

  2. A Man's Home is his Castle.

    Since we oppose eminent domain laws too, how about The Castle, The Castle Institute, The Property Rights Castle, ...

    It could tie into the idea of foundations - a good building needs solid foundations, a good economy needs solid property rights foundations. The Castle Foundation, The Foundation Institute, The Base (oh, that's taken and has a deservedly evil rep, whoops) ...

    Ermmm ... good question.

    Property rights is seen as dry because it is disparaged in the MSM. If we want this concept to garner respect maybe the organisation should proudly have those words in the name.

  3. F*#king post-modernist academics!!!
    Don't even get me started.

  4. PC, the issues you cite are indeed big issues, and possibly will be the biggest issues of the next ten years. I would be interested, however, to get your opinion on technological change and where it is all leading. Many people who think about these things are of the opinion that some kind of technological Singularity will occur in the next five to forty years, depending on when computers truly become intelligent and can redesign themselves. It is interesting that the Internet is now more complex than a human brain! Where will it stand in ten more years? I find it hard to imagine. Technological change has affected all our lives in many ways in the last ten years, and it will affect our lives even more profoundly in the next ten. I can't help thinking that this is where the really big issue of the next ten years lies, especially if AI does get off the ground. (note that I am very much in favour of AI, but that the problems will be created more than anything by regulators!)

  5. Post-modernism!

    That's hilarious!

    Don't get me wrong, I'm quite down on post-modernism. I dropped out of my PhD in Philosophy because my chosen area of expertise (Logic) was desperately unfashionable internationally (and, hence, very hard to get a job in). That's because the 'in' fashion at the time was 'continental' philosophy and post-modernism, and its attacks on logicism were being taken a bit seriously. But Hegel and Heidegger are a passing fad.


    a) Post-modernism is, like, so last decade. It'll hang around for years as aging academics reflexively teach what was in when they wrote their thesis to generations of undergrads, but so did other silly meta-theories like positivism and they didn't do much long-term harm. English depts are a lost cause, of course, but who cares about them really.

    b) Academic views on what makes an argument good have very little effect on real-world argument or debate. Engineers are not about to give up on logic. Nor are policy wonks.

    c) You're a bloody social-constructivist about science. So where the hell do YOU get off attacking post-modernists? Hadn't you noticed they are your comrades?

  6. It is interesting that the Internet is now more complex than a human brain!

    Where did you read this. Can you give me a reference for that? (No I am not questioning you, I am genuinely interested)


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