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Tyler H

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  1. YouTube to Podcast

    I notice a number of YouTube videos are not reflected in the podcast stream. I understand the listener calls being redundant, but there are quite a few short videos that only show up on the YouTube channel. Curious what the reason was.
  2. Would love to see part 2. I’d love to see part 2 of Aristotle as well.
  3. It wasn’t their atheism at the foundation of their homicidal insanity. Their god was the state. A rejection of reason led to the inquisition and a rejection of reason led to the atrocities of communism. Both are dangerous because their methodolgies are incorrect. They are not based on objective fact leaving them open to manipulation by sophists claiming to speak for the abstract entity it’s followers are indoctrinated to obey. I couldn’t find where the causal link between the phenomena and God was found. Perhaps you could direct me to that data? Throw it in the new thread and I’ll take a look at the work of Thomas Aquinas you referenced and post my thoughts there.
  4. I didn’t say it did. My argument is that if it were easy to produce, it would be hyper-abundant and therefore, by virtue of supply and demand, be of very little value. Expending resources does not ensure value, but it allows for value to be found. It is necessary but not sufficient. I didn’t say that either. Adoption alone does not make bitcoin valuable. Adoption happens because bitcoin already provides value outside of adoption. Now the more people who recognize that value the greater that value becomes, but it is not only adoption that contributes to the value of the currency. It needs the other aspects required of a good currency: fungibility, durability, scarcity, divisibility, and transferability. Without those characteristics it has no value as a medium of exchange and widespread adoption would be, as you say, pragmatic mass delusion. I argue pragmatic mass delusion does not apply to bitcoin, or even fiat. The adoption of bitcoin is voluntary, the adoption of fiat is not. People see the value bitcoin can provide as a currency and as a system of ownership tracking, and invest in promoting that goal, creating awareness, and educating people. On the other hand, with fiat, people are forced to use the currency at the point of a gun; they have no choice. How many people invested in bitcoin are like this woman? I’d be willing to bet that most people don’t know how bitcoin operates, and there are some people like this woman who invest blindly, or perhaps on the advice of a trusted friend, but how do you know there are so many like her? So many as to draw the conclusion that bitcoin is a bubble?
  5. GOP Tax Bill Not so Great for Business Owners

    I think I’ll need some definitions then. So is the military, but getting rid of it would be a bad for a politicians health. They created it, but it doesn’t mean they can just get rid of it with no personal consequences; wolf by the ears and all. Would you like to move this to a new thread, or an MMT one if it exists already?
  6. GOP Tax Bill Not so Great for Business Owners

    I’d have to push back against all of those people being grouped together. The Austrian school differentiates between voluntary mediums of exchange and fiat currency. So when you say they all misunderstand money, perhaps they misunderstand the function of fiat currency, but is it your contention that the Austrians also misunderstand all mediums of exchange? Do they? Seems like a mutually assured destruction type scenario. The Fed could make things real bad and most people would blame congress. Congress could take the power away, but why would they? They get to bribe people for votes with promises paid for by the Fed. Yes This doesn’t seem to be consistent with examples of hyperflation we’ve seen. Is Venezuela at productive capacity? Was Zimbabwe? Or Weimar Germany? I can see where parts of what you’re saying make sense, and other parts I’m finding hard to understand, so it’s worth to me a further look. Would you recommend a book you think would explain MMT in greater detail? My only exposure so far is your posts, Nima’s, and a debate I saw with Bob Murphy and Warren Mosler. Perhaps I’ll rewatch that as well.
  7. @Mishi2 Ok, so our common ground is reason and evidence; how do I get to the existence of God from there?
  8. No pain- everything you’re saying about God. His existence, motives, what morality does or does not apply to him. You answer apologetics, which to my understanding is pure argumentation, not reason and evidence, so I ask to be stepped through the argument since I have not heard it before - or of course corrected in my understanding of apologetics if I have mischaracterized it.
  9. GOP Tax Bill Not so Great for Business Owners

    So why don’t they just pay the debt? Why have the debt at all if they can just issue currency to pay for stuff? I agree the debt will never be paid back, but increasing the amount of currency relative to goods and services will inevitably lead to a currency crisis, will it not? Combining this with the massive misallocation of resources which we can attribute to government intervention in the market produces a serious problem that will inflict serious damage to society. Wouldn’t you agree? I would love to be persuaded otherwise, but an economic armageddon does seem likely.
  10. Bring the FDR app back to App Store

    I’d like it back as well.
  11. Email Subscription

    Ah ok. Thank you for getting back to me.
  12. I’m asking what is your methodology for determining whether what you’re saying is true or false.
  13. Are you asking me a question? If not, ok, would you mind stepping me through the reason from first principles?
  14. The Morality/Immorality of Seuxal Fantasy

    Sure! Enforceability is what differentiates morality from opinion. Whenever someone wants to inflict their opinion on others they call it morality in order to justify its enforcement. This is why it’s very important to refrain from declaring arbitrary moral proclamations; when the wrong moral system is adopted hundreds of millions of people are killed. If you haven’t read (or listened to) Universally Preferable Behavior yet then I would strongly suggest that you do. UPB is a framework for evaluating moral theories so we can avoid the catastrophes of history and rely on an objective standard for moral behavior.
  15. Money(Fundamentally)

    Yes I think that’s definitely part of it. I don’t think monopolization is necessarily bad, as long as it’s voluntary- but the coercive monopolization certainly is. I also think the branch of coercive monopolization has a root we should be striking instead. When a more efficient medium of exchange is developed, a shortcut to resources emerges. Whereas before you needed to produce something yourself to obtain products from others (or steal it which has its own risks), now if you can just get ahold of the medium of exchange (much easier to steal and pass off as your own due to the qualities that make it a good currency - viz. fungibility and portability) then you don’t need to produce anything. If you can control that medium of exchange, now you’re really in a fine position. It is natural through biological evolution for people to want to acquire the most resources through the least effort. The willingness to eschew morality, to attain resources through another’s labor and not your own, is what distorts our progress as a society. It is not the love of money, but the desire for the unearned (which leads to the violent monopolization of a medium of exchange) that is bending us the wrong way through history so to speak.

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