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by Obvious Leo
Mon Apr 11, 2016 10:25 pm
Forum: Political Philosophy
Topic: The Most Despotic Taxes Known to Mankind
Replies: 400
Views: 25120

Re: The Most Despotic Taxes Known to Mankind

I somehow don't really think Bob and Piketty are on the same page, although now that you point it out there is indeed a superficial neo-Marxist congruence.
by Obvious Leo
Mon Apr 11, 2016 9:33 pm
Forum: Political Philosophy
Topic: The Most Despotic Taxes Known to Mankind
Replies: 400
Views: 25120

Re: The Most Despotic Taxes Known to Mankind

No, assets include money, which is not taxed. Only property is taxed, and it is paid monthly like a utility bill. So do you mean fixed assets, like land and houses? Or you mean all property - including not just that, but cars and TVs, phones, laptops, pictures, furniture and tools, baseball cards a...
by Obvious Leo
Mon Apr 11, 2016 9:23 pm
Forum: Political Philosophy
Topic: ~ The Case For Socialism ~
Replies: 349
Views: 21443

Re: ~ The Case For Socialism ~

Capitalism on a global scale is nothing more than a gigantic Ponzi scheme. I'm not calling you nuts or anything, but I'd like to hear where the fuck you ever heard that from! As a matter of fact this is a widely held view amongst many of the world's leading economists who correctly predicted the GF...
by Obvious Leo
Mon Apr 11, 2016 9:15 pm
Forum: Ethical Theory
Topic: A Critique on Objective Morality
Replies: 356
Views: 28731

Re: A Critique on Objective Morality

If the Golden Rule is a principal then it's one based on instinct which even animals possess impervious to critique...a natural phenomenon and not one WE in principal have created. It's not based on any human authority filed under the rubric of any objective morality but foremost on human instinct ...
by Obvious Leo
Mon Apr 11, 2016 8:56 pm
Forum: Metaphysics
Topic: Is Personal Identity Arbitrary?
Replies: 48
Views: 5523

Re: Is Personal Identity Arbitrary?

Remember, -- We can only perceive 'perceptions', not ‘things’ themselves. I don't think anybody's disputing this and It seems unequivocal that there's no such thing as an objective "object". As Kant pointed out it is not our perceived objects which define our cognition but rather our cognition whic...
by Obvious Leo
Mon Apr 11, 2016 8:20 pm
Forum: Political Philosophy
Topic: ~ The Case For Socialism ~
Replies: 349
Views: 21443

Re: ~ The Case For Socialism ~

Gore Vidal once said that the US economy was based in free enterprise for the poor and socialism for the rich. Interestingly this is also the model the Chinese have chosen to adopt. It works moderately OK for a little while provided the economy is rapidly expanding but it all ends in tears when the...
by Obvious Leo
Mon Apr 11, 2016 8:04 pm
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: Roger Scruton
Replies: 67
Views: 5349

Re: Roger Scruton

How about Marx ? Has anyone read him (but without cheating) and enjoyed the reading ? Marx is not to be enjoyed because he couldn't write for shit. He is to be endured because some of his ideas have stood the test of time. Has anyone got ever excited about someone like Hegel ? The official apologis...
by Obvious Leo
Mon Apr 11, 2016 7:43 pm
Forum: Metaphysics
Topic: Does the past exist ?
Replies: 59
Views: 5969

Re: Does the past exist ?

Leo drinking a glass of beer on April 7, 2016, at about ... 6.30 am (GMT) is a fact that existed in the past. Does this fact exist still because there is a record of this event on this thread on this forum ? Has the fact existed until now ? This is a nicely phrased way to set out a very simple yet ...
by Obvious Leo
Mon Apr 11, 2016 9:26 am
Forum: Ethical Theory
Topic: A Critique on Objective Morality
Replies: 356
Views: 28731

Re: A Critique on Objective Morality

Must say, your skill in reconditioning the thoughts of others to suit your own is absolutely amazing and whatever seems superfluous is either ignored or simply thrown out. Indeed. IC has no talent for philosophical debate but I predict a bright future for him were he to turn his hand to politics, i...
by Obvious Leo
Mon Apr 11, 2016 3:28 am
Forum: Philosophy of Religion
Topic: Welcome to Heaven...
Replies: 86
Views: 6407

Re: Welcome to Heaven...

Greatest I am wrote: a thinking persons religion,
Thank you. I'm a collector of classic oxymorons and I'll be proud to add this to my portfolio.
by Obvious Leo
Mon Apr 11, 2016 2:22 am
Forum: Philosophy of Religion
Topic: Welcome to Heaven...
Replies: 86
Views: 6407

Re: Welcome to Heaven...

Jaded Sage wrote:You're an atheist, aren't you, Leo?
I'm a non-believer, JS, which serves to cover all the bases. "Atheist" is a much over-used word which seems to mean different things to different people and thereby renders itself essentially meaningless.
by Obvious Leo
Mon Apr 11, 2016 12:37 am
Forum: Philosophy of Religion
Topic: Welcome to Heaven...
Replies: 86
Views: 6407

Re: Welcome to Heaven...

"I will make clear my mysteries to those worthy of my mysteries." Ask who is the "I" in this statement and it will be immediately obvious that it is gibberish. It recommends you stab yourself. A worthy option for many but hemlock is less messy and more in tune with the traditions of philosophy.
by Obvious Leo
Sun Apr 10, 2016 1:12 pm
Forum: Political Philosophy
Topic: The Most Despotic Taxes Known to Mankind
Replies: 400
Views: 25120

Re: The Most Despotic Taxes Known to Mankind

What are the least despotic taxes known to mankind? There's only one, a single tax on property, property being defined as anything with intrinsic market value. So this assets tax... would be collected once per year on the same day for everybody? And levied against the current market rate of everyth...
by Obvious Leo
Sun Apr 10, 2016 12:41 pm
Forum: Philosophy of Religion
Topic: Welcome to Heaven...
Replies: 86
Views: 6407

Re: Welcome to Heaven...

FlashDangerpants wrote:My heaven is vestigial :(
You mean more like an appendix?
by Obvious Leo
Sun Apr 10, 2016 12:13 pm
Forum: Philosophy of Religion
Topic: Welcome to Heaven...
Replies: 86
Views: 6407

Re: Welcome to Heaven...

FlashDangerpants wrote:Apparently it is something very much like the spleen Harbal.
Yes. Heaven is a bodily organ which has evolved to clean all the crap out of your red blood cells. I thought this was common knowledge.