Talking to people about libertarian ideas

I just had a lengthy conversation this morning with a co-worker who definitely falls in the liberal camp. He just had to criticize Ayn Rand and talk about how we have to have taxes in order to have roads.

I think I came out of this conversation a little better than he did, but it still disturbed me, especially when he was trying to convince me that we “white” people all have some mystical advantage over other groups called “white privilege”. This is a young college student, and I am hoping I opened his eyes to some other historical things that he didn’t know. Still, this only firms up my resolve to continue studying US history and economics so I can be more persuasive (not a natural talent for me). At one point he said there was some research backing him up but he needed to bone up on it, which I appreciated. I kind of felt the same way. He wanted to talk about institutional racism as the reason poor black people have so many problems, and I just can’t see how this isn’t a gross over-simplification.

It seems to me to be just a plain fact that many black people engage in behavior that limits their own options, for example women going on welfare and having children without getting married. Another example is listening to music that encourages criminal activity, or getting involved in drug trafficking that naturally leads them into conflicts with the police.

Lastly, I heard recently about a study that cleared the New Jersey State Police of a charge that their arrests of disproportionately more black drivers for speeding was caused by racism. No, a study done using traffic cameras showed that, on average, black drivers actually speed more than whites. Not a politically correct thing to say nowadays, but I believe in pursuing truth whether or not it is popular.

Prior to getting into politics and economics, we were having a fun conversation about musicals and movies, including him telling me about some fan-made movies based on Star Wars and Harry Potter. I have just watched a bit of both and found them interesting, but don’t have time to watch more unfortunately.

Some musical thoughts

On the way to the library today, I was listening to some music on my little mp3 player, which is really cheap and doesn’t last very long before it has be to charged again. Anyway, it was one of my favorite albums.

I own a five-CD set of music from Disney movies, and Disc 5 is one of my favorites. Several of the early songs are either very spiritual or have an emotional aspect of them that approaches spirituality for me.

It starts off with “I’ll Make a Man Out of You”, from Mulan, sung by Donny Osmond (probably one of the most famous Mormons in the world), though it wasn’t a very spiritual song. Then comes “I Won’t Say I’m in Love” from Hercules, which I also love, and then the most spiritual song, “God Help the Outcasts” from Hunchback of Notre Dame (sung by the character Esmerelda, as a prayer). Track 4 is “If I Can’t Love Her” from the Broadway version of Beauty and the Beast, and then another spiritual song, “Steady as the Beating Drum” from Pocahontas. Then one of my favorite songs, “Belle” from Beauty and the Beast. By the way, I recently borrowed that movie from the library, and loved every minute of it (except when they are going after the Beast). I love to listen to this type of music over and over, and am glad to be able to write about it.

I better stop now, only 3 minutes left online. More later, tchau.