How would an Objectivist go about constructing a constitution?

Month: August 2006

Civil Police

It occurred to me that the police are really only setup to act on crimes of violence and illegal business activity.

What if we had “civil police”. They could handle street level contract disputes, Property disputes between family members that currently can only be handled by a family court judge. Domestic disputes before they become violent, it’s a civil contract after all, the terms of marrage are an unlimited partnership but it is still a binding contract and a little street level help interpreting of the law of the contract would probably save countless marrages.

Police generally don’t care about property to much, it’s a nuisense. Civil police would have a different mandate, property would be their thing. Property rights would be their province to protect. Sure, they could and should call for backup when they need muscle but using physical force would not be their thing.

That’s a quick note on the idea, It needs lots more development.


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The world’s fastest Indian

On a lighter note, I have been thinking about the story of Burt Munro ever since I saw the movie. The guy had all qualities we Objectivists look for in a hero.

He did it his own way. It never even occurred to him to do it any other way. Owned that bike for fifty seven years until his death in 1978. It was a central point of his adult life.

In 1967 at Bonnetville, he willed that old Indian scout up to an estimated 206 mph, It’s estimated because he had some problems and actually had to slow down, if you call 201 mph slow. The world land speed record reads: the fastest streamlined motorcycle under 1000cc

I can’t help but think that this must be a cronic headache at Kawasaki reseach & development. They have some of the fastest, firebreathing, crouchrockets on the planet and they are still chasing an old man on a 1920 Indian Scout. How many millions have they spent trying to best him, they would probably be embarrassed to say. Way to go Burt.

Maybe if Indian motorbikes had hired him for a design consultantÂthe companyÂwould still be around today. Â

I think Miss Rand would have liked him.

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Political biased in the media

The way the news media runs itself has been a sore spot with me for a long time. MaybeÂI just notice it more now but their political biased seems to bear it’s naked soul more often then it used too.

I have, of course, been watching the bs, I mean conflict in the middle east. It disturbs me that every single bomb and casualty that lands on the Lebannon side of the border is reported and the media does it’s best to downplay the bombs that land in Israel.

Israel has been under almost daily attack for years (decades). Israel has apparently had enough. They have started retaliating right away. The world media raves about the “innocent civilians” on the islam side of the war. Hardly a mention of them in Israel. Apparently there are no innocent civilians in Israel. Not even children on a school bus. Did they think I would forget?

This one sided reporting could be no accident and is unforgivable.

I have seen the “six o’clock news” deliberately confuse issues by saying they didn’t understand them. The news media doesn’t have the Right to proudly say they don’t understand something. It’s their job to know, and find out if they truly don’t know.

The news media lets us down everyday and I’m tired of it.

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