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The Universal Perspective Series: Female Circumcision
By: Barry Belmont

Donald Symons is a renowned anthropologist over at UC Santa Barbara. I’ve read much of his work (and I suggest you do too) and it is truly amazing how well scientists can convey meaning. Let me explain: the other day I was having a legitimate argument with someone (a girl known around town as a [...]

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This is about self-reference and law (which in addition to being stated several times in the article is also the title).
By: Barry Belmont

Indeed, the question to be asked is “How can any system, such as God or the author or constitutional amending powers, which is to be omnipotent, irrevocably limit itself?”

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Responsibility and the Unknowable
By: Barry Belmont

I have, for the past couple of days, held before my mind a constant conundrum that I cannot adequately answer for myself. I pose it here to see if anyone can elucidate the issue more than I can. If one is the voluntary citizen of a country (or a club or whatever) they agree to [...]

5 Comments Posted in Political Philosophy
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Not Following Dumb Laws; Or, Why the VisLupiEstGrex People are Idiots
By: Barry Belmont

Periodically I check out what the VisLupiEstGrex kids are up to and periodically I am disappointed. Recently they blogged about some rule being violated (sound familiar?) and how this is…important? or meaningful? or…something. What they were complaining about this time is that the personal information of a few College of Liberal Art potential-fillers-of-the-empty-seat students had [...]

8 Comments Posted in Local/Nevada, Political Philosophy
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Justifiable Homicide in Nevada
By: Barry Belmont

For all the locals: Assemblyman Harry Mortenson (D-42) has introduced the long anticipated “Castle Doctrine” self-defense measure in Nevada. Assembly Bill 288 would allow a person to use deadly force against an aggressor so long as the person using deadly force “(a) is not the aggressor; (b) has a right to be present at the [...]

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The Road to…Serfdom?
By: Barry Belmont

A bill (H.R. 857) has been introduced that would make it basically illegal to grow your own food on your own land without the government’s permission. When I first heard about this I was taken aback and I thought all the blogs and the writer’s and the critics were merely engaging in a bit of [...]

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Trans Fats and Capitalistic Acts Between Consenting Adults
By: Barry Belmont

Hiding behind the ploy of safety, the allure of health, and the spectacle of benevolence, the state of California has banned the use of trans fats by restaurants. Like the smoking bans that have preceded this piece of legislature, it is the State telling the market what it should do because of interests beyond the [...]

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And it Will Change…
By: Barry Belmont

Despite being able to own a gun as an individual, you (if you are a doctor) are not allowed to own/dispense your own opinion, in fact, a court has decided for you. Disingeniously, the South Dakota Attorney General Larry Long claimed, “The bottom line is if the state Legislature orders a professional to tell the [...]

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