Archive for June, 2007

Aporia: Threesomes

by Jason Stotts

I’ve long been interested in the moral ramifications of a threesome and for just as long I have been unable to come to any firm judgement on the issue. Frankly, as I sit down to write this, I have no idea if a threesome is moral or not; which is not really the optimal position for an author to be in at the beginning of an essay.

What is holding me back from judgement is the fact that I do not ascribe to a rule based morality. I cannot merely tell myself “it is immoral because heavenly father says so” or that it’s “moral because whatever satisfies desire is moral” – they are both the positions of fools. Morality is not a set of rules about what not do to, but an integrated system of principles in order to help a human live the best life possible. As such, I am responsible for all moral judgments relating to my life. While the moral principles will help to guide me, I am responsible for applying them to the context of my own life.

With the issue of threesomes, there are no pre-existing principles that others have discovered for me. Here, as with most sexual issues, there is much work yet to be done. In order to get the foundational principles that will guide me to the answer to my question, I have had to do the work myself. To this end I wrote the essay below “What is the Purpose of Sex”. I think it answer some of the foundational questions and sets up important distinctions that are needed for any other inquiries into sexual ethics.

However, there are many questions yet to be answered. I’ve compiled some of the ones that come immediately to mind and I ask that people contribute more. I’ll use these questions as the starting point for my new essay on threesomes, so write as many questions as you can on anything even marginally related to threesomes.

  1. Should a threesome be with a couple and an outsider or with three single people?
  2. Would having a threesome with a couple hurt the established relationship?
  3. Is it morally permissible for the outsider person to join with a couple?
  4. Is sex necessarily unifying?
  5. If sex is necessarily unifying, is a threesome an improper union?
  6. Must the third person conform to the same rigorous standards of character that one would apply to a potential relationship partner or could the person merely be attractive and willing?
  7. Is there a difference between homosexual and heterosexual threesomes?
  8. Are certain actions improper in a threesome?

Le Finale

I am officially joining forces with my girlfriend M. to start a new blog named Erosophia.

The idea is that with two authors, the blog will be published to more frequently. Also, we are very unified in our philosophical positions, so a fan of one of us will likely like the other as well – thereby giving you, my loyal reader, with more essays to read.

I have immensely enjoyed “A Rational Perspective” and I look forward to Erosophia.

Come join us there:

Just Money

by Jason Stotts

Today, money is no longer understood.

Few understand why saying “it is just money” epitomizes decadence.

Money is merely thought of as a tool of value commensuration: a means of equalizing disparate goods through a common standard. It is this, but also so much more.

When I work, I trade my time – the currency of my life – for money. I do this because I cannot produce all that I need and desire in my life and so I produce what I am skilled at and trade this for money.

My time is my life.
My money is my time.
My money is my life.

My money is earned with the irreplaceable days, hours, and minutes of my life. Very literally, stealing my time is stealing my life.

When I become indignant about being taxed to support parasites, people always tell me that it’s “just money”. By taking my money, they are taking my life.

If someone else has a right to my life, I do not.

Those without the right to their own lives are slaves.

I will be a slave for no man!

Let us echo Patrick Henry when he said: “Give me Liberty, or give me death!”

The Capitalist Machine

by Jason Stotts

I’ve often heard people talk about the “capitalist machine”, about “gods and clods”, about “unnecessary jobs”, and about ignoble enslavement to the “system”. But frankly, I have no idea what this means.

Capitalism is the misnomer, coined by Karl Marx, for the only moral system of production in human history. If we want to name things by their essential features, and we should, we must change “capitalism” to “Liberalism” to reflect what this amazing system of production does for us.

Liberalism has destroyed the caste system, destroyed slavery, maximized production, increased quality of life, and even increased our very life expectancy. How does Liberalism do this? Simply put, by operating according to Justice.

Liberalism rewards people on the basis of their achievement. The more one achieves in a Liberal society, the more one gains in monetary rewards and in the respect of the good people around him. Lineage is irrelevant, race is irrelevant, sex is irrelevant, the only thing that matters is ability; thus, the end of slavery, the end of racism, and the end of sexism.

Liberalism improves life. With increased production there are more quality goods to be had by all. We can enjoy things today that would have been beyond the reach of royalty in the past. We have access to medicine and technology that have never before existed. Thus a better quality of life and a longer life span.

Since liberalism is such a great system, why do people hate it?

Some people attempt to enforce their wishes on reality – their wish to live bestial lives free from any redeeming human characteristics like hard work or intelligence. These people want things handed to them, but Liberalism does naught for those who do not do it for themselves.

The Just motto of Liberalism is: Those who do not work, do not eat.

The parasite, however, wants to do exactly that. He wants to destroy the good in order to prop up the wicked. Liberalism denies him this.

Liberalism is intransigently Just, and that is why it is hated by the parasites.

Let us, the remaining good men and women, extol Liberalism for all that it does for us and for its unwavering commitment to Justice.