Monday, December 10, 2012
Off to the West!
Best wishes to you in your continued training; it is certainly more demanding than what I have been doing. I have recently (on December 1) repeated my feat of four years ago of running an elliptical-trainer marathon (in a time of 4:30:05) – but I have no plans to venture into ultra-marathon territory for the foreseeable future. What you are doing is impressive.
I am fully in agreement with you regarding the Post-Libertarianism fiasco, by the way. While not all libertarians are right about everything (and civil discourse and debate are always proper if pursued as a way of discovering truth and/or identifying error), incivility and ad hominem attacks are completely counterproductive – especially considering that libertarianism is far from the dominant political philosophy today. The conduct of PL is symptomatic of a tendency that has torn at the libertarian movement for generations now. (I observed similar degrees of viciousness, bitterness, and fanatical denunciation in certain Objectivist circles in the mid-2000s, and anyone who dared to oppose such conduct was quickly lumped in with those who were being denounced and condemned.) For the record, it is my view that the attacks by PL on Sheldon Richman, Thomas Szasz, Chuck Grimmett (especially – as I consider him a friend and a person of integrity), and FEE more generally have been outside the pale of civil discourse and are not worthy contributions, in any manner, to anything. Pointing out errors in anyone’s thinking, as you have done, is respectable and can be interesting. But PL’s level of vitriol is totally unacceptable.
I look forward to your future posts.
I do not know if you are aware that Malthus used, as one of his examples of inherent limitations to human progress, the impossibility of a human being traversing 100 miles on foot in a single day. He wrote, “A motive of uncommon power acting upon a frame of moderate strength would, perhaps, make the man kill himself by his exertions, but it would not make him walk a hundred miles in twenty-four hours.” (He refers to walking in his text, as if running the distance did not occur to him. Perhaps he thought that running would be even more difficult than walking and so would lead the man to fail even sooner.)
So another benefit of your upcoming run will be to demonstrate yet another way in which Malthus was wrong.
I don't know how I could have missed Malthus' example. He's just lost substantial stature in my eyes.