#authority

The Doctrine of Parrish

Published by on Sep 27, 2017

Don't hurt people and don't take their stuff. If you do, make restitution as best you can. Restitution is a debt you owe to those you have harmed, but it's not an excuse for them to seek retribution against you. No one ever has the right to use violence against another person except to terminate an ongoing act of aggression. … Read this article

Fiction versus reality – a proton torpedo won’t save you

Published by on Jun 30, 2017

In fictional scenarios, there is almost always a single—usually incredibly challenging—objective whereby an enemy can be significantly weakened or even defeated entirely. Think of Luke Skywalker destroying the Death Star with a well-placed proton torpedo, Frodo Baggins throwing the One Ring into Mount Doom, or any video game in which the ultimate victory comes after defeating a final 'boss.'

Reality is much different. … Read this article

Why authority is always illegitimate

Published by on Oct 5, 2016

The concept of "authority" can be defined as the right to control someone. While the word is sometimes used in other contexts (i.e. "the leading authority on UFO sightings"), the relevant definition is "the right to control" rather than as an inexact synonym for "expert." It is also improper to use the word to mean merely the ability to control something (you don't have "authority" over your watch simply because you have the ability to set it.) The notion of authority is about the right to control, and this quite simply cannot actually exist because no one ever has the right to control anyone other than themselves. … Read this article

My View of ‘Government’

Published by on Aug 2, 2014

Occasionally, someone (typically someone who doesn't know me very well) will inquire as to what I would consider a "good" government or the "proper size" of government. I can answer this question in short or long form, but invariably the short form only serves to leave the inquirer more confused, so I generally try to include some detail in my answer. … Read this article