The Interventionist Paradox

A week from now, I’m going to change the title of this blog from Intellectual Liberation to The Interventionist Paradox. The URL will be changed as well, to; that’s why I’m waiting a week to change it. Don’t think it’s much of an issue, because I don’t have very many viewers anyway, but just in case 🙂

If you’re wondering “why the name change?,” it’s basically because I thought the previous title was somewhat pretentious-sounding and I’d much rather have a name that doesn’t have that sort of portrayal. Plus, I don’t think the URL without wordpress is available for that title, whereas if in the future I want to take that off, I can do so with the new title.

For those that don’t know what the interventionist paradox is, it’s a phrase I’ve coined to describe how the use of violence and intervention with private ownership and individual rights necessarily backfires and how unintended consequences always co-exist with the use of aggressive force.

A good example of this would be a father beating his child in order to make him behave better. Not only will the child fail to behave better, the beatings will become a necessity and a habit of the father. The father will find he will resort to beating his child and will not be able to quit once he becomes accustomed to beating the child every time the child behaves badly. The unintended consequences will be the eventual worsening of behavior of the child and the harmful effects on his psychology in later life. If you want to look more into this particular issue, I suggest you listen to Stefan Molyneux.

Oh, and a funny picture I found at another wordpress blog.


Posted on January 5, 2012, in Website Information and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

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