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How would an Objectivist go about constructing a constitution?

Month: June 2006

Professional Philosophers

I heard a shory on the radio recently. This guy with a Ph.D in philosophy was complaining that there are no jobs as philosophers. He ended up teaching History. This statement makes me shake my head on many different levels.

One: They are philosophers, If there really are no jobs in philosophyÂit is their job to say why.

Two: Where should these jobs be? Also a philosphers job to say, I will assist: MinisterÂof Philosophy, Major General of Philosophy, Vice-president in charge of philosophy, Philosophy editor, School assistant superintendant in charge of philosophy, Overseeing Philosopher in charge of water, power, and road systems.

Three: There are jobs in philosophy. They are just not called that. Writers, editors, bureaucrats in charge of making public decisions, Judges, Religious ministers, You get the idea.

It won’t work with anyone that ever tries to sidestep responsiblity. Whatever their decision they must stick with it and back it up with the best documentation avaliable, or resign. It will be something to see.

I heard a singer/musician say something that I think applies. If you do it as a hobby, expect hobby results. To get the best results you must do it fulltime.

That’s it for today

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The Magic of Shipping

Do you ever remember seeing a movie where a group of adventurers is hiking through the Amazon delta or the Himilayas or on safaria in Africa, stumble into a bar, and there sits an old piano, and the most amazing thing anyone in the picture sees is that someone in their party knows how to play? That person complains it’s out of tune.

How did it get there? How did a 500 pound item from Chicago land up in Katmandu? Shipping. Even the person in Katmandu who orginally bought the piano knew little of their piano’s journey, except for the cost of it. It doesn’t matter if it’s big or small, it could be a house or a letter. Thousands of people do their part to get it delivered.

No one living today does not have a part in the shipping industry. If you could find a person, living in a cave that made their own clothes for animal skin, maybe then. If they have a can of soup in that cave they participate in the shipping industry. Not just a simple connection to the local store either, The whole thing, right from the ancient messipitameians, Through the development of metal, and language, accounting, everything that made our modern world. There has been a world wide economy, as long as there has been shipping. Order it, and it will come, Magic.

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Rights and Responsiblities

When a new constitution finally comes out I think what we will be looking at is a document that has not only rights but mention of responsibility as well. That is one thing that I noticed about the USA constitution. Rights are scattered from one end to the other, no systematic presentation. Rights are vague and open to too much interpretation. Government on the other hand has most of the power with little mention of its responsibilites. We need something that clearly defines limits of government power and confirms individual rights and spells out individual responsibilites. Miss Rand indicated that government should be small, but how small and what do we do if it gets to big or continues to do inappropreate things. It’s going to have to be individual citizens that make the effort to change it. The government will never reform itself and frankly would be a disaster if it tried. A committee with political agenda’s will never be able to build a decent constitution. So what are the key components of a constitution?

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