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Dennis P.

Organizer

Location:

Westwood, MA
Hometown: Manhattan

Organizer since:

December 28, 2013

What is your background around Human Freedom? (Put in a few words, and come back later to fill in more detail.)

I am a rabid freedom lover, coming from the far left in the 1970s. In[masked], after extensive ethical debate with a conservative co-worker, we both came to a consistent ethical system which I later came to understand to be libertarianism, based on the nonaggression principle: No one may threaten or commit violence ('aggress') against another man's person or property. Violence may be employed only against the man who commits such violence; that is, only defensively against the aggressive violence of another. In short, no violence may be employed against a nonaggressor. I have played with politics, and have studied extensively (at MIT and elsewhere) economics, but I am unimpressed with their ability to protect human freedom. In my youth, I was so concerned about the poor and minorities, believing in a responsibility to do Good. I still do, and I have ceased believing that one can do Good using Evil methods.

What, if any, is your background in ethics? (Put in a few words, and come back later to fill in more detail.)

I misspent my education in undergrad psychology, graduate computer science, and graduate economics and business. My formal interest in philosophy came late and really started with epistemology after reading George Smith "The Case Against God". My favorite discussions are around ethics. In the last year, I have spent much of my drive time ravenously consuming Stefan Molyneux's podcasts on ethics.

What are your most pressing concerns around the ethics of human freedom? (Put in a few words, and come back later to fill in more detail.)

How to create a coherent ethical theory of human freedom that is easy to understand and convey, and will lead to prevent so much of the horror that is inflicted on billions of people every day.

Which major thinkers have had the most to say to you on this topic, and why? (Put in a few words, and come back later to fill in more detail.)

- Murray Rothbard's "For a New Liberty", was my eye-opening experience some 35 years ago. - Stefan Molyneux's podcast on http://www.freedomainradio.com/Podcasts.aspx give me today my greatest hope for a consistent, universal ethical basis for human freedom. - Michael Huemer's "The Problem of Political Authority" is an excellent overview of clear, logical approach to argue against the most common form of false ethics -- that from political authority.

Anything else that you'd like to say? (Put in a few words, and come back later to fill in more detail.)

1) I am the founder of the Personal Growth Network http://www.meetup.com/Personal-Growth-Network/ which frees the inner self from psychological constraints. I seek to integrate this explosion of human potential with external freedom, such that the beauty of conscious humans living in peaceful, voluntary cooperation can be realized. 2) I am the founder of Parents Decide ("My money? My child? My decision!) which urges parents to lead their child's education -- as the state's goals are different from the parents' and the children's. I have been impressed with parents lack of interest in thinking systemically, but only concerned with their child's performance this year. 3) I believe a fruitful path lies with an objective, consistent, rational, and universal ethics, with compassion for those who are still stuck in the false morals of their government indoctrination, and with kind, incremental suggestions to these stuck people that cause them to question their false morality.

Introduction

I arrived at human freedom from the left almost 35 years ago. I believe in freeing humans from internal and external constraints so that we can create a beautiful society of peaceful, voluntary cooperation.

What Dennis P. is saying about this Meetup Group

What a relief to spend a few hours talking in depth with a group of deliberate, careful thinkers who all have the humility to listen to each other in order to learn, to weigh their prior conclusions against new perspectives, to evolve their thinking, and to improve how they express their thoughts. Thank you all for sharing your insightful minds in such a considerate way.


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