Archive for April, 2008

Biofuels demonstrate Bastiat’s broken window fallacy

Wednesday, April 30th, 2008

This seems to me an excellent example of the broken window fallacy, or the law of unintended consequences: U.N. expert calls biofuel a "crime against humanity" because of all the food it wastes and the price increases it causes, when there are already shortages and high prices of food in ...

“But the State has to protect the children!”

Tuesday, April 29th, 2008

"Or else stupid and negligent parents would cause all sorts of harm to them!" It is an understandable position, one I used to take in my darker, minarchist days. However, it is hard to deny the reality that often, the harm that a parent does to a child is not even ...

Can anarchism save Somalia?

Sunday, April 27th, 2008

"Good government" is a paradox. Any people so decent as to be capable of implementing it would be better off without it, and any people so rotten as to need it would be incapable of implementing it. —unknown Somalia's condition, its history, and the attempts by the U.N. and U.S. to impose ...

Girl suspended for not pledging to the flag

Saturday, April 26th, 2008

I give fascist neocon warmonger and all-around State lover Neal Boortz a hard time on this website, but he introduced me to (what he referred to as) libertarianism, and it led to my adoption of pure libertarianism, so I should give him a little more recognition. He has several solid ...

Democracy disgraced

Friday, April 25th, 2008

After the debate in Philadelphia between Obama and Hillary, ABC moderators George Stephanopoulos and Charlie Gibson were widely and harshly criticized for the way they ran the debate; specifically, the questions they spent the first 45 minutes on. Viewers, writers, and Obama's camp complained that voters did not hear anything ...

Bionic eye returns sight to blind

Thursday, April 24th, 2008

This bionic vision system consists of an ultra-thin electronic receiver implanted into the eyeball, which receives a signal transmitted by a special pair of glasses that the patient wears. Pfff, I don't know who would want that; I'd much rather wear a gold, semicircular visor that looks like it came ...

Even Cartoons Get It

Wednesday, April 23rd, 2008

Why are you looking at me like that? You act like you haven't seen me in a while or something. This past Sunday, lacking anything to entertain myself, I tuned into an episode of King of the Hill. The fates must have been smiling upon me that day because it turned ...

On escaping from cults

Monday, April 21st, 2008

I guess I'm just a total and complete liar. This is my fourth consecutive post relating to the raid and kidnapping at the Fundamentalist Latter-Day Saints ranch in Eldorado, Texas. I seriously, honestly did not expect to make more than one post in the near future about the events, and ...

Statolatry on the radio

Monday, April 21st, 2008

A quibble I have with women, by and large, as regards their moral-political thought processes is that they are too hesitant to take a definitive side, to make a polarizing statement, to pronounce a strong (negative) judgment of people, ideas, or institutions. I made sure to say "by and large" ...

More rational thoughts on FLDS kidnapping

Sunday, April 20th, 2008

I have decided I am an inadequate blagger. This is because I don't have enough time for writing and can't focus and materialize my thoughts into excellent blag posts, unless I take a lot of time for it. So I just link to other, (semi)professional writers who do it much ...

Insightful thoughts on the Eldorado polygamy compound raid

Saturday, April 19th, 2008

I felt the need to chime in about the potential rights and certain wrongs of the raid by Texas police of the Fundamentalist Latter-Day Saints polygamist ranch in Eldorado, but I think Wendy McElroy expressed thoughts very similar to my own much better than I could have. If I have ...

I hate hippies!

Saturday, April 19th, 2008

On Chris Lander's web page Stuff White People Like, there are primarily two types of blag posts: entries into the ever-growing list of stuff white people like, and news items that exemplify white people liking those things. So far, the most famous and well-liked entry in the list of stuff ...