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TRA Update: May 13, 2012

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  • Gennady Stolyarov II
    Greetings. Two new articles have been published on The Rational Argumenator since the last update. They can be accessed at
    Message 1 of 1 , May 13, 2012

      Two new articles have been published on The Rational Argumenator since the last update. They can be accessed at http://www.rationalargumentator.com/index/ or via TRA's RSS feed: http://www.rationalargumentator.com/index/feed/

      A Libertarian Transhumanist Critique of Jeffrey Tucker’s “A Lesson in Mortality” – Article by G. Stolyarov II

      May 13, 2012

      Jeffrey Tucker is one of my favorite pro-technology libertarian thinkers of our time. In his essays and books (see, for instance, It’s a Jetsons World), Mr. Tucker eloquently draws the connection between free markets and technological progress – and how the power of human creativity within a spontaneous order can overcome the obstructions posed by stagnant political and attitudinal paradigms. Mr. Tucker embraces the innovations of the Internet age and has written on their connection with philosophical debates – such as whether the idea of intellectual property is even practically tenable anymore, now that electronic technology renders certain human creations indefinitely reproducible. Because I see Mr. Tucker as such an insightful advocate of technological progress in a free-market context, I was particularly surprised to read his 2005 article, “A Lesson in Mortality” – where Mr. Tucker contends that death is an inescapable aspect of the human condition. Seven years is a long time, and I am not aware of whether Mr. Tucker’s views on this subject have evolved since this article was published. Here, I offer a rebuttal to his main arguments and invite a response.

      Illiberal Belief #11: The Environment Is Steadily Deteriorating – Article by Bradley Doucet

      May 13, 2012

      There are plenty of potential sources of concern when it comes to the environment. We are polluting the air we breathe and the water we drink; we are depleting the oceans of fish; we are punching holes in the ozone layer; we are warming the climate to dangerous levels—and all of these problems, we are given to believe, are only getting worse. Taken together, these worries, along with the ones discussed in more detail above, make up what Danish statistician Bjorn Lomborg referred to as The Litany in his controversial 2001 book, The Skeptical Environmentalist. Lomborg plumbs the available data and the environmentalists’ arguments on each of these issues and discovers, to his surprise, that things are not as bad as they are made out to be.

      Gennady Stolyarov II, CPCU, ARe, ARC, AIS, AIE
      Editor-in-Chief, The Rational Argumentator: http://rationalargumentator.com

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