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Rights and Consequences: The Right to Fail

There is wisdom in the trial and strength in the failure
Failure can make you wise and strong I was thinking about consequences today on the long ride home from a road trip. I was thinking about a fellow I know who spent a great deal of his life smoking marijuana. He liked it, and wanted to do it, so he did. He married, owned a small business or two but never quite succeeded to the level his family thought he could. His father thought he could do better...
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Agency is an Unalienable and Inherent Right

Give me liberty or give me death flag
What exactly is agency? It's another way of saying not only do you have liberty as an inherent right but you have the right to choose how you exercise that liberty. It is the right to consider alternatives and make choices without compulsion. This sounds like a pretty basic idea and hardly one worthy of much exploration. Of course no one can tell you what to do! But it's not that easy actually....
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Progress Isn’t Natural – The Hell You Say?

Life goes on and life finds a way
Mr. Mokyr writes in the Atlantic that progress isn't natural, that humans invented it not too long ago. He gives many philosophical reasons for his thinking. Quotes some historians. They seem to agree that progress came about when people stopped caring about their ancestors. This was a departure from the beliefs of most societies in the past, which were usually given to some measure of “ancestor ...
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