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Before the Debate: Slavery, Smarm, and Friedman Pwning some n00bs
By: Barry Belmont

Here is an excellent response by Milton Friedman to some guy to many issues people have concerning historical slavery. For some reason it is incredibly satisfying to see someone with such hubris about the state of the world get cut down to size by someone who actually has his act together. TL;DR:

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Before the Debate: Civil War and Slavery
By: Barry Belmont

What were the causes of the US Civil War (or War of Southern Cessation to the South and Right, or the War of Northern Aggression to you DeLorenzo-types)? Obviously the issue is nuanced and the ultimate reasons lie mired in subtle historical contexts and vastly aged political disputes, however, there is little doubt that by [...]

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Before the Debate: Slavery (as viewed by crazy people…)
By: Barry Belmont

The word “slavery” is one which should never be thrown about carelessly. It signifies one of the worst possible institutions that could possibly exist between human beings. Being a slave literally means “being the property” of another human being, the same way a chair or a desk can be. A slave has the same “rights” [...]

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Before the Debate: Voluntary Cannibalism
By: Barry Belmont

Armin Meiwes was a man who met another man through the internet. The two agreed to meet. So far so good. However, the terms of their engagement was such that Meiwes would kill and eat the other man. All voluntarily. In all seriousness, however, this man is now unfortunately imprisoned for life for partaking in [...]

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Before the Debate: Women’s Womb as Property?
By: Barry Belmont

As grotesque as the idea that a woman’s womb is her ‘property’ may sound to some ears, it is in fact the one thing which would guarantee all of her rights. It fact, it is a necessary condition in a libertarian world. However, many people somehow think claiming a womb is property detracts from its [...]

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Before the Debate: Organ Markets
By: Barry Belmont

Should there be legal organ markets? WE SHOULD LEGALIZE THE MARKET FOR HUMAN ORGANS from Intelligence Squared US on Vimeo.

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Before the Debate: The Downstairs Mix-Up
By: Barry Belmont

We try to be classy over here at UNR SFL, but sometimes you’re just dealing with issues too weird to put politely. So for those of you with weak constitutions, perhaps this post isn’t for you. For the rest of us though, let us dive into those regions where, though the sun may not shine, [...]

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Before the Debate: Four Legs Good, Two Legs Bad
By: Barry Belmont

In George Orwell’s classic, Animal Farm, animals revolt against humans to establish a better society for themselves. They do so with fierce passion and optimism for what they believe in and seek to create a wonderful animal utopia. As such they develop a series of Seven Commandments: Whatever goes upon two legs is an enemy. [...]

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Before the Debate: Foot Binding
By: Barry Belmont

Since we’re going to be addressing so many topics in the up-coming meeting (on life, the body, and the State) I thought I would provide us a little structure by giving examples of how society, culture, and government affect the sanctity of human life and morph the human form. We’ll start at the toes and [...]

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Before The Debate – Intellectual Property 2
By: John Russell

Here is a video I ran across which presents a few concepts in a simple and more relatable way for the slower ones in the group (Keegan).

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