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  1. Hey everybody this is my first post. I don't know how or when I figured it out, but at some point I learned to be consistent with my logic. If I state an ideal, then I must be able to carry that idea out to its logical conclusion and be able to defend that. To me, that's a fundamental characteristic of any true philosophy (even bad ones). Rand Paul recently did this with Bernie Sanders who constantly says people have a "right" to health care, etc. He explained that saying people have a right to health care is basically saying you believe in slavery and think you should be able to force someone to perform labor on your behalf, etc. My question is, I don't know where I learned this (but it probably wasn't until I was well into my 20s). And I wonder if there's a book that teaches how to be logically consistent in this way with philosophy. For most people, they cannot grasp how to do this. Thanks.
  2. Apologies if I'm creating a topic that already exists. I'm new here. If I'm being redundant, please just point me in the right direction. I'd like to get thoughts on the management of a commons, specifically water resource commons. Under our current system of government ownership and management of commons, resources are price controlled which is leading to the depletion of water, the West's most precious resource. Obviously the solution to this would be to allow the price of water to rise to equilibrium in the market so that is appropriately priced for what it's worth and people are forced to have to start being more careful with it. But the problem then becomes, do we allow rivers and lakes and streams to be owned by corporations? If so, for how long? And how do we respond to the inevitable criticism from the majority who will see this as a threat to a precious resource?
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