About Lee

I'm passionate about

individual liberty, rational thinking, the beauty of nature, Austrian economics, shrinking government, the wonders of science, wine, good weather, travel, peace, friendship, dogs, and good beer.

People don't know I'm good at

writing, editing, thinking, juggling, photography, communicating, understanding others, finding grammar errors, relaxing

Comments & conversations

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Lee Coursey
Posted over 4 years ago
Should Governments start to measure what really matters to people - their happiness? Or should they stay out of such a private matter?
Stay out of it! If the government decides to start measuring our level of happiness, the following will almost certainly happen, based on past history. None of these is good: 1) The government will spend more taxpayer (or borrowed) money to build the "Happiness Assessment and Reporting Department." This department will balloon to 12,000 federal employees within ten years. 2) Politicians will manipulate the regulations governing the specific components whose measurements go into the Happiness Index, so they can get the results they want. Primarily, the party in power will want to change the law so the Happiness Index will go up, and those out of party will try to manipulate it to make it go down. 3) Government will never be satisfied with just MEASURING happiness. They will feel compelled to DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT, which (A) is not a proper function of government, (B) will undoubtedly backfire and have unintended negative consequences, and (C) will cost money to implement. Let's just go back to having the government protect our basic rights, defend the borders, establish a currency, and operate the courts. We can do everything else better as private citizens.
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Lee Coursey
Posted over 4 years ago
What's the overlooked gem, the book I haven't read that I must?
NON-FICTION: - The Social Contract by Rousseau - Out of Control by Kevin Kelly - The Symbolic Species: The Co-Evolution of Language and the Brain by Terrence W. Deacon - At Home in the Universe: The Search for Laws of Self-Organization and Complexity by Stuart Kauffman - The Discoverers by Daniel J. Boorstin FICTION: - Letters from the Earth: Uncensored Writings by Mark Twain - Geek Love by Katherine Dunn - Cryptonomicon / The Diamond Age / Anathem by Neal Stephenson - Cruel Shoes by Steve Martin - Without Feathers / Side Effects / Getting Even by Woody Allen - A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole