At some point in your life, probably in the last year, you've paid good money for a cool piece of technology that turned out to be a piece of shit. It had features that made no sense at all, and at some point you asked yourself, "How could a building full of geniuses with millions in R money come up with this?" Well, I'll tell you how. My name is Christopher Daed, and I've put in time in the tech industry with Microsoft, Intel, and others. And from what I've seen . In 2012, Microsoft released Windows 8 to great fanfare. And by fanfare, I mean almost universal loathing. Why would they build an OS that seemed custom designed for tablets, even though the vast majority of people are still using PCs?". the hell? I can't tear pages out of this when the TP's gone." I know why: Because Microsoft's product managers LOVE tablets, just like they LOVED the laptops with swiveling touchscreens that also failed to win America's heart. 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Official Site Black Toe 1s,Air Jordan Spizike Bordeaux I tuned into Meet the Press on Sunday, eager to watch an interview with Libertarian cum Republican Rand Paul, GOP Senate candidate in Kentucky. I was disappointed. Ron son Rand had canceled. But maybe that for the best. Rand Paul will be Kentucky next senator. This anti Washington political cycle guarantees it; but he needs to be handled with care. Rand is the kind of guy you would have enjoyed in college. in the morning. They always so certain the world would be saved if we just follow Ayn Rand. Like Ayn Rand, who spins a good yarn, your old college roomie could spin an argument that almost seems to make sense a few hours past midnight. Take Rand peculiar take on the 1964 Civil Rights Acts. Hypothetical late night college chat: course a private business should have the right to exclude blacks if it wants too. The feds have no businesses telling anyone how to run their business. I not being racist. It their right; if people don like it, put them out of business. Now what do you want to watch next, Massacre on Showtime or of the G strings on Cinemax? yawn. Except it doesn make sense if you spend more than a few minutes thinking about it. Take Rand view on private businesses and civil rights. The reason a private business can exclude blacks is not an infringement on the business owner. It was about stopping the institutionalized racist system that was entrenched in the South 40 odd years ago from forcing either through pressure or law businesses to compete in a society that discriminated by race. In fact, it the libertarian position to oppose that. That Paul doesn realize that is troubling. Ayn Rand or Rand Paul: doesn matter, the answer is always the same. Keep government out and the world will sort itself out in time. Of course, in the meantime, the not pretty market world will crush innocent people, obliterate irreplaceable landscapes, destroy lives, discriminate at will and, oh, be just fine with institutionalized racism. You know, until a correction votes the bums out, or puts the racists out of business, or forces bleeding hearts to feed the staving instead of using MY tax dollars to do so. Ah, libertarianism. Clean and magical; except when it not. And it not a lot of the time. Rand Paul, like all libertarian true believers, has mistaken a principle for a coherent, practical approach to the real world. This is nothing new. Thomas Hardy described the same thing in Far from the Madding Crowd (although it was about a young sheepdog named son that had driven a herd of sheep over a cliff): son had done his work so thoroughly that he was considered too good a workman to live, and was, in fact, taken and tragically shot at twelve o that same day another instance of the untoward fate which so often attends dogs and other philosophers who follow out a train of reasoning to its logical conclusion, and attempt perfectly consistent conduct in a world made up so largely of compromise. If I were to perchance accept your argument, your article states: It was about stopping the institutionalized racist system that was entrenched in the South 40 odd years ago from forcing either through pressure or law businesses to compete in a society that discriminated by race. Ok, well if this was the justification for it then, which I basically agree was a solid justification, we do not need it now surely. So, why not repeal the law or at least particular parts of the law? Maybe that is exactly what should be discussed, or is it too politically sensitive? Blacks are not at the present disenfranchised, and the political machine in the south is not entirely dominated and has not been monopolozed by whites. So, repeal the law, eh? As you stated, it was about changing institutional racism and additively, I think liberating a group of people from total disenfranchisment. If this is the priority and primary justification, well, then it no longer has this as a justification, except maybe in the eyes of the SPLC. You know, that criminal organization. I feel like the reason I like the libertarian movement is that though extreme, it balances out some fallacious political notions on the other side of the spectrum. Libertarians are fairly sound on economic policy; though we may not like to accept complete capitalism and the way it can destroy people, the libertarian views of the Federal Reserve, FDIC, extreme government spending etc. are very insightful. Some social programs, like social security, medicare, etc., and our views on foreign intervention, are preferences, and that is what people should vote on, as it is their tax money going towards it. And though a lot of libertarians may disagree with some social programs, they likely will never completely disappear. And that probably a good thing. But there shouldn be any argument as to whether or not the Fed is using irresponsible policies, or if the government is being counterproductive. I just think that right now, a little bit of libertarianism (via government slashing, fed auditing, honesty) is what the country needs. Sorry if I went a little off topic. The talk about racism ignores the crucial distinction between by law and by tradition. It was right to repeal the wrong Jim Crow laws establishing segregation, it is wrong to combat people slothful clinging to tradition by the government gun. In other words, your hypothetical college roommate (and Ayn Rand) were unassailably right. Either individuals have rights or they don If they have rights, that necessarily includes the right to make irrational judgments, as long as they do so within their rights. People thus have the right to do all sorts of irrational things, like take drugs, go to the church, and stoop to racial discrimination. The only alternative is to have the government dictate what counts as rational behavior. On another post, Ayn Rand did not hold that leaving people free means they be trusted to care about the good of the community. She (correctly) held that no one should be concerned with good of the community, only with his rational self interest. After all, she wrote a book titled: The Virtue of Selfishness. She opposed any collectivist standard of morality. Like Ayn Rand, who spins a good yarn, your old college roomie could spin an argument that almost seems to make sense a few hours past midnight and then, in perfect modern American pragmatist fashion, you remember that the phrase sense now means whatever works right now. You move on in life, biting your tounge at just the right times, saying what is expected to be said when it expected you acquire a nice pile of money and friends and kids and possessions. You long since convinced yourself that that college buddy of yours was crazy. That you knew something he didn and of course you did. After all, look at what you accomplished by being You really think you don need him or the principled, passionate approach to ideas he represents. And then, years later, attempting to stave off that empty feeling that been nagging you all along anyways that nothing you done to fill it has filled it you find yourself writing about that guy after all. 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