Bisy Backson (Chapter from the Tao of Pooh)

(Note: I transcribed this straight from the book but all spelling errors should be considered my own. You can find a full PDF here and an audio-book here. I have no idea how to reach the author to obtain permission for reprinting his work but my hope is that he’d appreciate the spirit in which…

Autopilot, by Andrew Smart (Chapter 1)

Chapter 1: That Loathsome Monster Idleness The previous chapter set the stage for the rest of the book in a fairly interesting and engaging way, let’s look at how Smart follows up on that effort. First, Smart talks about the history of our attitudes towards idleness all around the world. From the attitudes stemming from…

Teleology and Being Lazy

Teleology is a framework that involves explaining a given phenomenon by what function it serves. What is the purpose of a given object? What end does it serve? These questions are things that teleology tries to answer. An example would be asking why a spear has a pointy edge. In this case it’d to aid…

The Libertarian Virtue of Slack – Now on Youtube!

This article can be found here on C4SS and (of course) here on this site. The common libertarian nowadays is of the same non-interventionist temperament as the Taoists. They endorse individual preference, spontaneity and self-interest. They loathe the State and central planners of all kinds. Most libertarians identify, also, as individualists — both methodologically and ethically. However, much…

The Libertarian Virtue of Slack

[Note from Nick: This article has also been published here] The tenets of the Tao Te Ching express the first anarchist or at least proto-anarchist political philosophy, to my knowledge. The Taoist opposition to government springs from a radical non-interventionist philosophy on all three major branches of philosophy. While Taoism rejects the normative, they recognize…