Daily Philosophy

“We have now said enough to show that moral virtue is a mean, and in what sense it is so: that it is a mean between two vices, one of excess and the other of deficiency, and that it is such because it aims at hitting the mean point in feelings and actions. For thisContinue reading “Daily Philosophy”

Philosophy

“Socialism is the belief that the next important step in progress is a change in man’s environment of an economic character that shall include the abolition of every privilege whereby the holder of wealth acquires an anti-social power to compel tribute.”” – Benjamin Tucker, Instead of a Book “We see then that commodities are inContinue reading “Philosophy”

Philosophy, August 13th

“People in high positions, on the other hand, seem to have friends of different types: some are useful to them and others agreeable, but it seldom happens that the same people are both, because what their superiors are looking for is not people who are pleasant and also good, nor people who are useful forContinue reading “Philosophy, August 13th”

Philosophy, August 10th

“A thing can be a use-value without being a value. This is the case whenever its utility to man is not mediated through labor. Air, virgin soil, natural meadows, unplanted forests, etc. fall into this category. A thing can be useful, and a product of human labor, without being a commodity. He who satisfies hisContinue reading “Philosophy, August 10th”

Philosophy, August 9th

“A man’s tongue is a glib and twisty thing . . . plenty of words there are, all kinds at its command – with all the room in the world for talk to range and stray. And the sort you use is just the sort you will hear.” – Homer, The Iliad “Of course, heContinue reading “Philosophy, August 9th”

Philosophy, July 30th

“We have now said enough to show that moral virtue is a mean, and in what sense it is so: that it is a mean between two vices, one of excess and the other of deficiency, and that it is such because it aims at hitting the mean point in feelings and actions. For thisContinue reading “Philosophy, July 30th”

Philosophy, July 29th

“Three elements or, if you like, three fundamental principles constitute the essential conditions of all human development, collective or individual, in history: (1) human animality; (2) thought; and (3) rebellion. To the first properly corresponds social and private economy; to the second, science; to the third, liberty.” – Michael Bakunin, God and the State “TheContinue reading “Philosophy, July 29th”

Philosophy, July 28th

“With suppressed irony, and using very cautious expressions, the factory inspectors hint that the present Ten Hours’ Act also frees the capitalist from some of the brutality natural to a man who is merely an embodiment of capital, and that it has given him time for a little ‘culture’. ‘Formerly the master had no timeContinue reading “Philosophy, July 28th”