Monday, November 30, 2009

What’s your point?

Got a point you want to make?  Something you need to say? Secrets you need to reveal?

Then now is your chance!  Have at it in the comments, here, and get it all off your chest.

Yes, it’s a general debate: your turn to be brilliant.

It’s not like there’s not plenty to talk about.

25 Comments:

Anonymous Falafulu Fisi said...

All Blacks, brilliant.

11/30/2009 10:16:00 am  
Anonymous Sam said...

John Key, idiot.

11/30/2009 10:42:00 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nick Smith, idiot cum laude

11/30/2009 11:06:00 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Climate science - debunked.
Linda

11/30/2009 11:19:00 am  
Blogger Greig McGill said...

Noun - adjective!
(I feel a meme coming on)

11/30/2009 11:24:00 am  
Blogger Sam P said...

NZ media; lame.

11/30/2009 11:50:00 am  
Blogger Sam P said...

Don Brash - glutton for punishment.

11/30/2009 12:08:00 pm  
Anonymous Elijah Lineberry said...

ACT - 100% guilty!

Guilty of voting for tax increases, spending increases, holding their tongues about important matters, trivialising their agenda circa 1996, refusing to have any principles...etc...etc

11/30/2009 04:19:00 pm  
Anonymous Tim said...

For libertarians, you guys are damn good at not being individuals! Or is this just an example of the so cherished "spontaneous order"?

Haha! Just jokes kids.

11/30/2009 06:17:00 pm  
Anonymous Concerned Citizen said...

What does the Libertarian think about the following case about an HIV positive man, being thrown to jail for having an active sex life?

HIV accused found dead

Has this man ever used force against his willing ex partners? The answer is no. The question is if he has committed a crime or not according to Libz philosophy?

Is this case, similar to a buyer beware ? I mean, there should be no regulation to stop consent action amongst adults.

12/01/2009 12:20:00 am  
Anonymous LGM said...

Concerned Citizen

What if I were to ask you around for a meal? You accepted & voluntarily came over to my house. I prepared and served a delicious meal. I added a good measure of radioactive poison to your portion but didn't mention it to you at the time. The dose was lethal but would take several weeks of agony before it killed. What would you think of this?

Apply the questions you previously asked and let me know what you think. I'd be interested to hear what your answers are and why you came to them. Then we can get into what the Libz would reckon and why that might be.



LGM

12/01/2009 05:18:00 am  
Blogger shari said...

Hello Concerned Citizen,

You raise an interesting question. Can the concept of 'buyer beware' be applied to the HIV case?

I would say yes because if a person is deemed sovereign over his body, he is responsible for what enters it.

What if the person does not know that the penis/vagina of the other is the equivalent of a loaded gun, perhaps in a Russian Roulette scenario?

Is ignorance an excuse? No.

Can ignorance be defence? No.

So, can an aware HIV person be charged with infecting unaware persons?

Not in a Libertarian world because it would go against their principle of individuality.

In their world, the unaware person stands on the same level as the aware person.

Motive will be difficult to prove if unaware persons are complete strangers to aware person.

Morals lie outside the legal sphere.

In this case, natural justice has been served with the prison death of HIV man.

12/01/2009 06:17:00 am  
Anonymous Concerned Citizen said...

Poisoning the meal is a criminal act.

But voluntary action? Yes. How about if it's not HIV but say, Hepatitis A, B or C? If the man has Hepatitis instead of HIV ? Does your example of preparing a poisoned meal apply?

The other question is. What if the man has the virus (HIV positive), but hasn't been detected yet, ie, he hasn't been to hospital or to his GP for examination (perhaps for something different), where it is then discovered by accident on that visit? In this case the man doesn't know that he's got it, but continue to find consenting partners for sex?

12/01/2009 06:46:00 am  
Anonymous LGM said...

Concerned

My poisoning of the food that I prepared for you to eat is a criminal act. I acted to deprive you of that which is uniquely yours- your life. That certainly is an initiation of force.

How did I do it? I did it by committing a fraud. I presented you with a plate of poison and pretended it was simply nutrious food, good for you to eat. I knew the result would be harmful in the extreme to you, not good for you at all. I represented otherwise. By doing that I assaulted your faculty of reason. That is, I assaulted that faculty which you rely upon to survive.

Same deal goes for the HIV guy. He knew what he did was harmful to others. He did it by commissioning fraud.

You ask about other diseases such as Hep a, Hep B etc. The principle to apply is exactly the same in each case. You can readily apply a test to check. Ask the question, "Is this an initiation of force, fraud or coercion?"

There are two other matters to consider. They are:

!/. The case when a person who is infected is unaware of that fact.

2/. What of the partner? Does he or she have a responsibility to check and untertake steps for self-protection?

In the first case, clearly the infected person does not have intent to harm another. Imagine our dinner appointment again. I prepare and serve what I understand to be good food that I do not poison. However, unknown to me the food contains harmful bacterium. I have no intent to harm you. I do not initate force on you. I do not commit a fraud. I do not attempt to assault your faculty of reason with a falsehood of my manufacture. I am completely unaware of the food being of unfit state. Ask the question about initiation of force, fraud or coercion again. See what you conclude.

Dealing with the second situation now. Clearly each individual has the responsibility to take reasonable or even (in some cases) extreme steps for self-protection. Having sex with some person on first acquaintence is potentially a very risky activity to be engaging in. There is the significant possibility of harm (infection with unpleasant and even life-threatening diseases, assault and battery, etc.). Consequences could be seriously bad. Well worth consideration prior to acting.

One must always be aware that there is no option to living other than application of one's faculty of reason. Best do that logically.

LGM

12/01/2009 08:16:00 am  
Blogger Sally O'Brien said...

Where you have demonstrable harm (a victim) and a person who caused that harm against the victims' will either deliberately or with reckless disregard for life or property, you have a crime. You have a prosecutable case in the courts if all proven. I'm sure most of my fellow libertarians would agree that this attitude applies to this AIDS case.

However the defense lawyer in this case should investigate along the lines of whether HIV is infectious and causes AIDS. It would be interesting to see how that pans out in a court of law.
AIDSgate anyone?
See:
http://www.smart-publications.com/articles/MOM-duesberg.php
http://www.rethinkingaids.com/quotes/aidsquotes.htm
http://www.theperthgroup.com/SCIPAPERS/africafactandfiction.html
http://www.duesberg.com/about/index.html
http://www.duesberg.com/subject/africa2.html
http://www.duesberg.com/media/tbpoppers-2.html

12/01/2009 08:49:00 am  
Blogger The Tomahawk Kid said...

It fails to amaze me - how there are what can be described as nothing less than tossers - out there desperately searching for a loophole or way or to attack a Libertarians belief and adherence to their principals.

Maybe its because they dont have any and are jealous, or they dont understand how consistently they work in defending the rights of property and the individual that they see no worth in them.

Concerned Citizen is a perfect example.

I don't mind genuine questions trying to understand how Libertarian beliefs would work in a certain situation.

But the visual picture I get of somebody rubbing their hands together and giggling in glee when they think they have found a loophole that compromises Libertarian belief really gets on my tits.

There may well be cases where the outcome from these principles isn't ideal, but I have yet to come across them. They are by far more consistent than any other way of achieving fair and just solutions

12/01/2009 11:22:00 am  
Blogger Greig McGill said...

TK - Amen to that. Nothing pisses me off more than sneering dishonestly while posing as someone seeking answers to questions.

In this case though, I'm not convinced. It might be an honest question. I've not noticed other posts from "Concerned Citizen" though, so ... just offering him/her the benefit of the doubt.

12/01/2009 03:27:00 pm  
Anonymous Concerned Citizen said...

TK, my post was about me. I have fucked so many women over the years most unprotected and I have no clue if any of them knowingly engaged with me having sex, while a carrier of some disease. I am fearful that I might be already infected.

My point is if I am already infected (say with HIV virus), then what's the point of taking court action? It was my fault for being too horny and not having protected sex, ie, buyer beware.

12/01/2009 04:18:00 pm  
Blogger shari said...

Hello Tomahawk Kid,

You do inquiring minds everywhere great injustice by, for example, questioning a fellow blogger such as Concerned Citizen's motive for asking a perfectly reasonable question within context of the HIV case.

The 'buyer beware' concept raised by CC is an interesting one from the perspective of an untrained legal mind such as mine.

I have no idea why Libertarians do not like questions.

In general, NZ Libertarians are, in Kiwispeak, 'all right'.

Their philosophy contributes much to intelligent and robust debate everywhere.

It is hard to imagine criminal charges being laid against HIV man in a perfect libertarian world.

Why?

Because man is sovereign over his body and mind. In a perfect libertarian world.

Infected persons (not victims) are possessed of the same sovereignty.

However, there is room for compromise on this principle of sovereignty.

How is this possible?

Because we live in an imperfect world. And are only human.

12/02/2009 07:13:00 am  
Blogger The Tomahawk Kid said...

Shari and CC
I am more than happy for people to ask genuine questions, and if I jumped to the wrong conclusion after reading CCs post I am happy to apologise.

It is the sneering kind of: "Ha ha - see! your precious principles don't work" kind of questions that personally annoy me.

Many people have a legitimate mis-understanding of how principles work and how they help a Libertarian (or anybody) come to a conclusion because they have not encountered them, or been taught how to apply them.

These questions I welcome.

The situation I mentioned is just a pet peev of mine - especially coming from those who have no principles, and whos solutions are based upon personal feelings and preferences and which consequently infringe upon the rights of others in doing so.

There are some very clever, principled people who visit this blog, and there is much to learn - I did not mean to do the honestly inquisitive people an injustice - just those sneering principle-less individuals.

12/02/2009 01:27:00 pm  
Blogger shari said...

Yes, TK. That's fine. Ta.

12/03/2009 05:32:00 am  
Blogger shari said...

So what's the alternative if you can't flee Cuba?

Well, in 1986, Cuba's suicide rate reached twenty-four per thousand -- making it double Latin America's average, making it triple Cuba's pre-Castro rate, making Cuban women the most suicidal in the world, and making suicide the primary cause of death for Cubans aged 15-48.

At that point, the Cuban government ceased publishing the statistics on the self-slaughter. The figures became state secrets. The implications horrified even the Castroites.


But apparently not the MSM's gynocracy. Take Barbara Walters: "Castro's personal magnetism is still powerful, his presence is still commanding. Cuba has very high literacy, and Castro has brought great health care to his country."

Here's NBC's Andrea Mitchell: "Castro is old-fashioned, courtly -- even paternal...a thoroughly fascinating figure."

From: American Thinker - Castro's Berlin Wall -- Alive and Kicking
By Humberto Fontova

12/03/2009 07:09:00 am  
Blogger The Tomahawk Kid said...

Have you read Humberto Fontovas book "Che Guevara and the useful Idiots who idolise him"
Great to read an alternative view on the Guevara myth

12/03/2009 09:54:00 am  
Blogger shari said...

No, I have not, TK. Thanks for the heads up.

"Castro's Berlin Wall - Alive and Kicking" in the American Thinker is the first of his writings I have read.

Would not have looked further into his background if you had not asked the question. Did not know he has appeared on Fox.

He has written that Cubans are "the first specimens in the history of the species to actually hate the sea ..."

Could he be right? Has there been any before Cubans? Will there be any after?

12/04/2009 05:24:00 am  
Blogger shari said...

Note the Pakistani threat to continue their cozy relationship with the Taliban. Ignore it. They'd continue to support the terrorists even if Obama said we were staying 10 years.

Our quick withdrawal may end up forcing the Afghan government to open negotiations with the Taliban and perhaps even agree to some kind of "unity government." The prospects otherwise are bleak. There is no way the Afghan security forces will be ready to protect the government in 18 months.

Was this Obama's plan all along? It sure would be the quickest way to get American troops home.

From: 'AfPak response to Obama's speech; fear' Rick Moran in American Thinker.

Can India contain Pakistan? If not, her borders?

Back to Israel?

12/04/2009 06:12:00 am  

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