The below is simply the comment I have made to Deborah Russell’s (Massey Tax Lecturer) blog post: Taniwha and Belief. I don’t think I need supply context; my comment gives my thoughts on Shearer’s taniwha interview.
My comment was (exactly – other than cleaning up my typos) as follows:
Philosophy: Objectivist (‘largely’)
Politics: Classical liberal / Libertarian
Economics: Laissez faire capitalist
“Yet Deborah is naive too. It goes too far to say a liberal ‘respects’ mythology. A liberal surely is interested in enlightenment, in truth. Even if some values exist outside logic and deduction (love, beauty, goodness, evil, for example), an enlightened liberal should not pretend that illogical statements are of equal value to logic and truth.”