Daily Philosophy

“Indeed, we sometimes praise those who show deficiency, and call them patient, and sometimes those who display temper, calling them manly. However, the man who deviates only a little from the right degree, either in excess or in deficiency, is not censured – only the one who goes too far, because he is noticeable. YetContinue reading “Daily Philosophy”

Daily Philosophy

“Now, history is made, not by abstract individuals, but by acting, living, and passing individuals. Abstractions advance only when borne forward by real men. For these beings made, not in idea only, but in reality, of flesh and blood, science, has no heart: it considers them at most as material for intellectual and social development.Continue reading “Daily Philosophy”

Daily Philosophy

“The pusillanimous man is one who, though deserving, deprives himself of the advantages that he deserves, and through not claiming his deserts conveys the impression of having some defect, and even of not knowing his own quality – because otherwise he would have tried to secure his deserts, being to his advantage. Such people areContinue reading “Daily Philosophy”

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”

Daily Philosophy

“I try to use my reason for the purpose of discrimination, instead of blindly obeying any divinity, even that of man. We should not worship this race experience by imitation and repetition but should strive to profit by its mistakes and avoid them in future. Far from believing in any Edenic state, I yield toContinue reading “Daily Philosophy”

Daily Philosophy

“God’s act according to the philosophers is in a certain way not natural, nor is it absolutely voluntary; it is voluntary without having the deficiency which is attached to the human will. Therefore, the term ‘will’ is attributed to the Divine Will and the human in an equivocal way, just as the term ‘knowledge’ isContinue reading “Daily Philosophy”

Daily Philosophy

“In short, he will be an independent man, receiving all that he produces or an equivalent thereof. How to make this the lot of all men is the labor question. Free land will not solve it. Free money, supplemented by free land, will.” – Benjamin Tucker, Instead of a Book “In the United State ofContinue reading “Daily Philosophy”

Daily Philosophy

“It is true, again, that Anarchism does not recognize the principle of human rights. But it recognizes human equality as a necessity of stable society. How, then, can it be charged with failing to guarantee individuality?” – Benjamin Tucker, Instead of a Book “But even apart from these relative differences in the value of moneyContinue reading “Daily Philosophy”

Daily Philosophy

“Upon the sentimental grounds for believing in the evanescence of economic rent it is perhaps not worthwhile to dwell. I have an aversion to definite speculations based on hypothetical transformations in human nature. Yet I cannot doubt that the disappearance of interest will result in an attitude of hostility to usury in any form, whichContinue reading “Daily Philosophy”

Daily Philosophy

“It would be a great improvement to the system of piece-work, if all the men employed on a job were partners in the contract, each according to his abilities, instead of one man being interested in over-working his fellows for his own benefit.” – Watts “The price of labor is always constituted of the priceContinue reading “Daily Philosophy”