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  • So Charles, what are your thoughts on Herman Cain's 9-9-9 plan? Comments? Would enjoy hearing your thoughts on this plan. Great blog!

    -- Posted by karenmeister on Tue, Oct 18, 2011, at 7:31 PM
  • I have been thinking about writing a piece on Herman Cain and his 9-9-9 plan. Rather than doing so as a response to a comment, I think I will work on it for a column in the near future.


    -- Posted by Charles Hear on Tue, Oct 18, 2011, at 8:56 PM
  • I assume then you have read about Diogenes

    and also have read Atlas shrugged

    I think you'd enjoy these sites but I warn you that you really have to be committed to reading Atlas Shrugged as it can get verbose in sections.

    -- Posted by Jenny Moore on Wed, Oct 19, 2011, at 3:56 AM
  • Dear Jenny,

    Thanks for your recent comments!

    As you know, Diogenes was the father of stoicism. Stoicism paved the way for the acceptance of Christianity throughout the Roman Empire. I don't think I read more of Diogenes than was covered in my "concentration" in philosophy in college. However, as an avid reader of classic literature, I have read a couple of stoics, and at least one ascetic.

    I read Atlas Shrugged in the 1990's and loved it! When thinking on these subjects I often muse about the obnoxious Reardon and how his Reardon Metal improved society.

    Economics is neither moral nor immoral. It is as amoral as breathing. Only people, in the exercise of their free will, can be moral or immoral. Law can punish immoral behavior, but immorality can never be regulated away so long as there is free will.

    Charitable behavior is wonderful. It is a good that helps to separate saints from sinners. But it is immoral, evil if you will, to compel charity by force of law.

    -- Posted by Charles Hear on Wed, Oct 19, 2011, at 8:36 AM
  • I look forward to reading your blog about Herman Cain, who so far seems to be the only real one on the GOP ticket for President. However, only time will tell....Lol.

    -- Posted by karenmeister on Wed, Oct 19, 2011, at 9:39 AM
  • Funny thing about greed, no one who is greedy ever recognizes it in the mirror, do they?

    -- Posted by alwaysopenminded on Wed, Oct 19, 2011, at 3:25 PM
  • I really don't think there is actually very much left from Diogenes wrote but he seems to be quoted rightly or wrongly. It's his attitude that if you have nothing than nothing can be taken away from you and that is only way to be happy, never fearing that something will be taken from you. I can see why his attitude was an inroad for Christianity where you focus more on rewards of the next life instead of your position in this one.

    Talking about charity...where I am currently living you claim your religion to the government and then you are taxed to support that religion. I see good and bad sides to this. Bad thing is you don't decide how much you are going to support your church as the government decides [I think it's 8%]but the good side is the clergy aren't always trying to fund raise from the pulpit so they can devote their time to ministering to their parish. Of course the other thing is that there are only two state sanctioned religions the government collects for...not quite separation of church and state as we have it in the US as nothing is done to support any other religions. I'm learning a lot.

    -- Posted by Jenny Moore on Thu, Oct 20, 2011, at 3:33 AM
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