The principles that rule this blog

Principles that will govern my thoughts as I express them here (from my opening statement):

  • Freedom of the individual should be as total as possible, limited only by the fact that nobody should be free to cause physical injury to another, or to deprive another person of his freedoms.
  • Government is necessary primarily to provide those services that private enterprise won't, or won't at a price that people can afford.
  • No person has a right to have his own beliefs on religious, moral, political, or other controversial issues imposed on others who do not share those beliefs.

I believe that Abraham Lincoln expressed it very well:

“The legitimate object of government is to do for a community of people whatever they need to have done, but cannot do, at all, or cannot
so well do, for themselves — in their separate, individual capacities.”

Comments will be invited, and I will attempt to reply to any comments that are offered in a serious and non-abusive manner. However, I will not tolerate abusive or profane language (my reasoning is that this is my blog, and so I can control it; I wouldn't interfere with your using such language on your own!)

If anyone finds an opinion that I express to be contrary to my principles, they are welcome to point this out. I hope that I can make a rational case for my comments. Because, in fact, one label I'll happily accept is rationalist.

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Donald Sterling

The owner of the Los Angeles Clippers basketball team, Donald Sterling, has been banned for life by the National Basketball Association. It rather amazes me that, of all things, the owner of a basketball team would express such racist thoughts as Sterling is recorded as saying. After all, professional basketball players are overwhelmingly African-American (A site I spotted says they are over ¾ of the players in the league.) Even if an owner may secretly harbor such thoughts, given that he is earning his profits from the efforts of African-Americans should have inspired his silence.

But then again, I suppose he has already earned enough money that he felt he needed no more. It's still a stupid thing to do.

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