Archive for February, 2008

LRC blag back to normal?

Friday, February 29th, 2008

Now that Ron Paul's presidential run has petered to an unfortunate end, I sincerely hope the Ron Paul fan club can go back to blagging about politics, freedom, and the State in general, and not Ron Paul and the election and polls all day, every day. Maybe now when I ...

Plato’s Allegory of the Cave

Thursday, February 28th, 2008

If you took a college philosophy course, perhaps you learned about Plato's Allegory of the Cave, which is one of the most fascinating and memorable images in literary history, especially in the history of philosophy. It is from chapter seven of The Republic. I was prompted to find this tale ...

“The Moment of Truth” and real trash TV

Wednesday, February 27th, 2008

J.H. Huebert is less forgiving of Barack Obama than I am. He implies Obama is evil, in fact.

Flu shots: “recommended” to “mandatory”?

Wednesday, February 27th, 2008

Karen De Coster made a prediction that I made to myself when I read this announcement this morning: The Imperial Federal Government is now recommending that all children between the ages of 6 months and 18 years get a flu shot once a year. I predict that within our lifetimes, ...

Kosovo’s secession

Tuesday, February 26th, 2008

On the morning of February 18, the day after the region of Kosovo announced its secession and independence from Serbia, someone at work had the radio on NPR, which was mainly broadcasting the BBC's coverage of the Kosovo secession. Most of the coverage, especially the comments they played from citizens ...

Should governments block websites?

Tuesday, February 26th, 2008

This is apparently what passes for moral-political discourse at the BBC.

Anti-racism laws mutate racism into newer, stronger form

Tuesday, February 26th, 2008

The Onion is again closer to the truth than most people appreciate. I'm starting to think that many of their writers are nothing short of geniuses.

Election results leaked early by Diebold

Tuesday, February 26th, 2008

Ahh, how the Onion speaks (closer to) the truth more often than our traditional "news" outlets! Diebold Accidentally Leaks Results Of 2008 Election Early. Money quote: "This country is based on the fantasy that the government is the voice of the people."

The collapse of the nation-state

Tuesday, February 26th, 2008

Gary North wrote a fantastic column explaining why he thinks the central government of the United States will slowly decay until it collapses, and why he expects minarchism to return to this country during the lives of his grandchildren. He starts out with a list of government functions that libertarians ...

Fatal asthma attacks and smoking bans

Monday, February 25th, 2008

Recently I blagged about a poor girl who suffered a fatal asthma attack induced by the cigarette smoke at the restaurant she worked at, and that this would surely lead to a state-wide smoking ban in "public" (i.e., private) businesses. While I haven't heard any news about such fascist legislation ...

Statist troll bingo

Monday, February 25th, 2008

You can play anywhere, any time! (Created by Francois Tremblay.)

Legal or moral?

Monday, February 18th, 2008

My Mises Institute copy of The Law arrived today, and I couldn't help but start reading it. It is my favorite political writing of all time, minarchist though it is. (If Bastiat had lived another decade or two instead of being taken at the age of 49 by tuberculosis, he ...