Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Anglican Group publishes Blog commandments

The Blogging Ten Commandments, according to the Evangelical Alliance:

1. You shall not put your blog before your integrity.

2. You shall not make an idol of your blog.

3. You shall not misuse your screen name by using your anonymity to sin.

4. Remember the Sabbath day by taking one day off a week from your blog.

5. Honour your fellow-bloggers above yourselves and do not give undue significance to their mistakes.

6. You shall not murder someone else’s honour, reputation or feelings.

7. You shall not use the web to commit or permit adultery in your mind.

8. You shall not steal another person’s content.

9. You shall not give false testimony against your fellow-blogger.

10. You shall not covet your neighbour’s blog ranking. Be content with your own content.

Go and sin not.

Monday, September 29, 2008

Global Depression?

I'll be the first to admit that I don't know the solution to the current financial meltdown. Unfortunately, I don't think anyone in government knows either. We are dealing with a situation that is unprecedented and the wonks are tweeking things that they have little understanding of, and no experience with.

I don't blame congress for rejecting the President's bill. The fact that they are willing to risk a global depression, rather than give Bush another blank check, shows how badly he has squandered his clout and credibility with them. I voted for Bush twice and he has been a terrible disappointment. Who in their right mind would pass another huge, sweeping, general, power-grabbing bill by this administration?

The only way to bail ourselves out of this situation may indeed be, what some in congress have called, "financial socialism". I think it would be closer to fascism, but that word has lost it's meaning. It is now only an ephithet to throw at political opponents.

Would America be better off to swallow this poison pill, than to let the financial sector become basically nationalized? Maybe so, but it is a moot point, because our current population neither knows nor cares about the true meaning or cost of freedom.

Even if we ride it out, and let the banks and brokerage firms fend for themselves, some more regulation is needed. Any libertarian who still thinks purely free markets regulate themselves is as out of touch with reality as the few Marxists left standing.