he Law has only one reason to exist and that is to regulate our social relations and to establish order. It is an institution created by men purely for the protection of liberty. Today we are used to have our liberty and freedom regulated and diminished by the use of legislative power and new laws, but in the beginning, most of the laws were common sense of day-to-day relations and came to exist by what we call Spontaneous Order.
Liberalism has been presented as being identical to conservatism, yet more reactionary, like a mask for exploitation. Furthermore, there has been a lot of confusion as to what liberalism truly is. To help you navigate thru the values I believe are the base for more freedom, wealth and happiness in our society, I compiled this list with the classic literature that created the classic Liberalism.
One thing that is always on my mind as a libertarian is Privacy. Our ancestors valued privacy much more than we do today, because privacy in the past was physical, visible and consequently tangible. Having your privacy violated in the past meant someone going through your things, following you around or simply constantly controlling and asking what you’re doing. Your physical freedom was at stake. The idea we have today of privacy is much broader, less invasive, but not one bit less important and meaningful than it was before.
Last week, during the holy holiday of Easter, the most important in the western tradition, 253 Christians (including children) were killed in a targeted series of coordinated terrorist suicide bombings in Sri Lanka. This barbaric act, like all other terrorist attacks, made me think about religious persecution and the silent harassment Christians suffer around the world and how little this topic is discussed publicly and by the media.
This week, one of the most iconic buildings in Paris has burned and many people, including myself felt heartbroken by the 15 hours fire that destroyed 2/3 of the Cathedral’s roof. The grief over the burning is completely human, but why do we fell like this incident happened in our own home, a deep sense of empathy, even from people that have never visited the Cathedral nor are religious?
On my last post about The Philosophy of Liberalism, I argued that Libertarians defend we should have freedom to choose our own path in life, that our uniqueness is our most important contribution to the world and that voluntary association should be the primary way in which people interact.
We all have been following the news and the crisis that has quickly escalated in Venezuela since the beginning of this year. The South American country went from being one of Latin America’s wealthiest societies to one the poorest and has been caught in a downward spiral for years with growing political discontent further fueled by hyperinflation, power cuts and shortages of food and medicine. As a result, more than three million Venezuelans have fled the country in recent years.
It seems everyday more and more people are feeling lonely and part of this emptiness is caused by our shallow and thick relationships, one of them in friendship. In Book VIII of “The Nichomachean Ethics”, Aristotle makes reference to three kinds of friendship that can still be applied today.
This week started with very good news when Angela Merkel said: "The time has come to open a new chapter" confirming reports that she would not run again as party leader. She will remain Germany’s chancellor for now but said this will be her last term. She’s expected to step down as chancellor by the end of her term in 2021.
Last week, the European Union and Japan, signed the world's largest bilateral trade pact called The Economic Partnership Agreement. EU firms already export over €58bn in goods and €28bn in services to Japan every year.
In the last couple of weeks, the only thing you heard was the much-anticipated summit scheduled to take place in June between the President of the United States Donald Trump and the North Korean Dictator Kin Jon Un. That's because the media was completely insane with the fact that Donald Trump could actually triumph in leadership and diplomacy in the international community.
At this point you are probably as irritated as I am with the hundreds of e-mails in your inbox from companies and services you did not even remember exited, asking you to update your privacy and data agreement. That is because came into force last May 25th the new GDPR legislation: General Data Protection Regulation.
Outraged by English-only proposal, French envoy walks out of meeting on EU budget. The most amazing and brave thing happened this week in the European Council. The Franch EU ambassador walked out of a diplomatic meeting on Wednesday after the Council decided to use only English-language translation in a new working group on the EU’s long-term budget.
This week North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and South Korean President Moon Jae-in met for talks on the southern side of Panmunjom, the “truce village” on the shared border. The meeting is the first between Korean leaders in more than a decade and the first summit of its kind for Mr Kim.
What's different now? At the age of 33, Zuckerberg finally realized that his company must submit to human laws and take the natural responsibilities of a monopoly that gathers countless information about the lives of 2 billion people, even if they do not register on the network?
Since before founding Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg apologizes for violating the privacy of others. The first time was in 2003 when he used unauthorized photos of Harvard students in the first prototype of his social network called Facemash. When will it end?
We talked in my last podcast about superpowers that recently played major roles in the international political relations. Russia, who exercised its right to retaliate against also the rightful expel of Russian Diplomats from the UK, and the Nuclear crisis in the Korea Peninsula that for years created instability and now miraculously, China is playing a strong but dangerous part in the denuclearization of North Korea.
In past episodes of the Podcast, I mentioned how I thought North Korea had secret plans when scheduling a meeting with the President of the United States Donald Trump. The date for their meeting is still not set, but when President Donald Trump finally meets North Korea's Kim Jong Un, the specter of China will also be in the room.
If you saw the news this week, you know that over 20 countries in Europe, North America and Australia expelled Russian diplomats, saying they were, in fact, Russian intelligence officers. This may be the biggest collective expulsion of diplomats in history.
EU measures to prevent new attacks run from more thorough checks at Europe’s borders, to better police and judicial cooperation on tracking suspects and pursuing perpetrators, cutting the financing of terrorism, tackling organized crime, addressing radicalization and others.
South Korea goes North and Kim Jong Un wants to meet with Trump.
When I started writing this article at the beginning of this week, I was excited about maybe one of the most important historical events in the past decade: the first meeting between North Korea supreme leader (Dictator) Kim Jong Un and South Korean officials.
Well, it doesn't fell like winning because we didn't.
Technically the center-right "won" the elections, but it was certainly more celebrated by the left. Why? Because as I predicted last week the 5 Star Movement that was running alone, achieved more than 30% of the votes and dominated the states on the south. Big Victory for the center-right, but a greater victory to the neo-communists and populists.
This week the Council of the European Union posted on Facebook that, after a heroic act in favor of European consumers, they are now ending "unjustified geo-blocking in the EU". But is Geo-blocking actually a bad thing?