Archive for 2008

And Slavery Returns to the USA…

by Jason Stotts

Slavery can safely be defined as one person being forced to work for another’s interests with no benefit to himself. Economic redistribution is the process of the government taking wealth from some individuals and giving it to others, whether directly in the form of cash payments (e.g. welfare) or indirectly (e.g. universal healthcare). Stripped of all of its attendant baggage, economic redistribution is slavery.

Now, slavery was allegedly abolished in the 13th Amendment to the Constitution of the United States of America, which reads:

Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for a crime where of the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction.

Unfortunately for us, slavery seems to be returning to the United States!  Worse, though, is that it seems that it is the will of the people that it should be so!

Plato warned us over 2,000 years ago of the tyranny of democracy.  Aristotle further warned us that some people are natural slaves.  Never did these men consider that the culmination of these two ideas would be a state whereby it was decided by the majority that the demos should become slaves (much as what happened in National Socialist [NAZI] Germany).

The day is dark indeed for the men of the mind.

If we wish to avert the swelling tide of statism and its culmination in slavery, we must do more than merely proclaim: Laissez-nous faire! We must argue that the very policies being advocated right now run counter to the very principles this country was founded on.  Moreover, we must argue that these new governmental programs, this movement to slavery, are constitutionally illegal.

Although the day is dark, it is not too late.  However, we must strip the argument down to its true fundamentals: freedom v. slavery.

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Book Overview and Status

Chapter 1: Human Ethics and Happiness (Complete!)
1. Ethics and Life (Complete!)
2. Eudaimonistic Ethics (Complete!)
Chapter 2: Emotions (In Progress)
1. The Nature and Development of Emotions (In Progress)
2. Love
3. Happiness as Emotion?
4. The Passionate Life
Chapter 3: Relationships
1. Kinds of Love
2. Friendship
3. Romantic Relationships
4. Friendship v. Romantic Love?
Chapter 4: Erotic Attraction and Fantasy (In Progress)
1. Erotic Attraction (In Progress)
2. Fantasy
3. Masturbation
Chapter 5: Erotic Identities
1. Issues
2. Distinction: Eroticism v. Sexuality
3. The Categorization of Desire: Homosexual v. Heterosexual
Chapter 6: Sex
1. The Nature of Sex
2. Sexual Pleasure
Chapter 7: Sexual Perfection
1. Masculinity and Femininity
2. Union
3. Sex as a Fundamentally Ethical Act
Chapter 8: Applications
1. Erotic Decadence
2. Abortion (In Progress)
3. Birth Control
4. Children and Eroticism
5. Gay Marriage
6. Prostitution
7. Strip Clubs
8. Abstinence

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Query Letter #2

Dear [Mr. Agent],

Ethics, Sex, Happiness. What do these concepts have to do with each other? Everything. The purpose of my new book, Sexual Perfection: Foundations of a New Sexual Ethic, is to show how these concepts are intimately related: to show why it is not only morally permissible, but morally necessary, to integrate sex into one’s pursuit of happiness. This is because humans are naturally sexual beings and to deny fundamental aspects of our nature is to preclude oneself from the possibility of happiness.

Sex and ethics are not inimical: indeed, true happiness can only be found in their union. Sex can provide the impetus and passion necessary to fuel ethics and achieve happiness, but only if it is understood. The mindless hedonic, or the ascetic religious, approach to sex invites only shame and regret. However, if we understand what sex is and its proper role in life, then sex can become life-affirming. It is important to understand that humans, unlike most mammals, do not have only certain times of the year in which sex is possible. Sex for us is more than a biological drive for reproduction: one must choose to have sex.

Sex, however, is not a simple act: it has necessary connections to intimate relationships. Whether or not one chooses to enter into a relationship with a lover, there is no denying that the intimacy of the act of sex leads one to feel a connection to his lover and that it is this intimate connection that forms the basis for an intimate relationship. Because of this, there can be no such thing as simply having sex with a person with nothing further: all sex entails emotional responses, whether they are acted upon or repressed.

If we want to be able to integrate sex into our quest for happiness, we must understand all of this and much more. This is the purpose of Sexual Perfection: to gain the requisite knowledge of sexuality and its role in life in order achieve happiness.

I invite you to request my proposal and see for yourself the full theory of Sexual Perfection.

Thank you for your consideration.

Sincerely,

Jason Stotts
Cell: ###-###-####

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Query Letter #1

Dear [Mr. Agent],

Everyone today seems to be searching for happiness, but few are able to find it. There are numerous books published on the subject, lectures addressed to full audiences, workshops and seminars designed to show one how to be happy; and a burgeoning sense that the happiness they seek is either illusory or unattainable. The problem is that these searchers have not taken the time to properly identify the end that they seek. By identifying happiness as a simple emotion and seeking to achieve it, they have set themselves up for misery. The fact is that happiness is a state of existence arising from the achievement of one’s values and working to achieve one’s moral perfection. Happiness is a core concept from Ethics.

Although many treatises have been written in the history of philosophy on the subject of happiness, none of these treatises discuss the most pivotal aspect of happiness: sexuality. For too long sex has been considered to be shameful, a simple thoughtless pleasure that corrupted both body and mind. Sex has been relegated to the role of an inescapable necessary evil: an incessant drive that we cannot control and which causes us much anguish in our lives.

Yet, without sex, life would be incomplete. We must learn how to integrate sex into our lives if we want to be happy. In order to do this, we must first come to understand both sex and happiness. This is the purpose of Sexual Perfection: to outline the path to happiness through sex.

If you think that you are the kind of agent who can handle a project with the potential to change the world, I invite your response.

Sincerely,

Jason Stotts

Philosopher

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Themes of Sexual Perfection

Overarching Theme
Sex is necessary for Happiness

Chapter 1: Human Ethics and Happiness
The Purpose of Ethics is Happiness and this requires Sex.
Chapter 2: Emotions
Emotions are reasonable and can be harnessed to improve our lives.
Chapter 3: Relationships
A good friend is necessary, but a good lover is better.
Chapter 4: Erotic Attraction and Fantasy
Attraction and Arousal are functions of the Mind.
Chapter 5: Erotic Identities
Homosexual and Heterosexual are categories of volitional action.
Chapter 6: Sex
Sex is not just for reproduction anymore.
Chapter 7: Sexual Perfection
Human completion is to be found in the Union.
Chapter 8: Erotic Decadence
Sex does not necessarily increase one’s Life.

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Another Reason I Hate Ohio

by Jason Stotts

Recently in Newark Ohio, a 15 year old girl was charged with a felony. Her crime? She took nudes photos of herself. (link)

In this case, the State of Ohio, in its beneficence, will be representing the victim: that is, the girl who victimized herself, when she took nude pictures of herself. Thus, in order to protect her, the State is charging this minor child with a felony and if she is convicted, by the State…on her behalf, she may be required to register as a “sex-offender.”

Let me state formally and publicly that the point at which the law abandons reason and becomes absurd is the point at which the law is no longer Law and has become nothing more than the pretensions of tyranny.

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Legend of the Seeker

by Jason Stotts

I want to announce that there is a new series coming to TV called Legend of the Seeker that will air in just two days on November 1st. Now, you might think it’s rather peculiar for someone who does not have TV access at his house to be excited about a new show…and perhaps you would be right. Thankfully, though, iTunes frees one from a subscription to TV access and the countless wasted hours that comes with this, while also delivering flawless, commercial free, content right to my computer. But I digress.

The show is based on Terry Goodkind’s recently completed Sword of Truth series: a series that spans 12 books and over a decade since the first novel was published. While the books are technically fantasy, they are not motivated by fantasy elements but by characterization and plot. The themes of the books are important and deal with issues of free will, freedom versus tyranny, love, and, of course, good versus evil.

Terry is an Objectivist and one can see elements of Objectivism throughout his works. In fact, it is Terry who turned me on to Objectivism years ago. Were it not for his recommendation of Atlas Shrugged, I may never have read it and very well might have turned my back on philosophy. I have not yet thanked him for this kindness, but it changed my life for the better.

I am incredibly excited about the series coming out and I strongly recommended it to everyone.

http://www.legendoftheseeker.com/

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Rand and Literature

by Jason Stotts

I’m not sure when it was released, but Random House has published two lists of the 100 best books, the first voted on by their board and second by readers.  I’d like to note that in the list from readers, Ayn Rand takes 4 of the top 10 spots!

You can find the list here.

(http://www.randomhouse.com/modernlibrary/100bestnovels.html)

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