Archive for May, 2008

Obligatory post about Memorial Day

Monday, May 26th, 2008

MSN has a quiz about "military myths"; hmmm, I wonder why they left out the one about wars and military interventions protecting our freedoms or doing anything else good for the country. Jacob G. Hornberger wrote the definitive short essay about why the troops and the military of the Imperial Federal ...

The great blaggers of the past

Monday, May 26th, 2008

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Why the State is different

Saturday, May 24th, 2008

...there are two general means whereby human beings can satisfy their needs and desires. One is by work—i.e., by applying labor and capital to natural resources for the production of wealth, or to facilitating the exchange of labor-products. This is called the economic means. The other is by robbery—i.e., the ...

In which John violates Godwin’s Rule in the interest of history

Saturday, May 24th, 2008

Those familiar with Godwin's Law might be able to guess why I usually refer to it as Godwin's Rule: the Rule is that you shouldn't confirm Godwin's Law by comparing any person, group, ideas, or practices to Hitler or the Nazis, lest your argument be delegitimized immediately. Well, when the ...

Child faces prosecution for calling the Cult of Scientology a cult

Saturday, May 24th, 2008

Jacob Sullum reports at Reason's Hit and Run that a British teenager has been summoned to court and faces a fine (and, presumably, a mark on his criminal record) for holding a sign outside of the Cult of Scientology London headquarters with the word "cult" on it. I don't understand ...

Inflation in Zimbabwe

Saturday, May 24th, 2008

Maybe you're familiar with Zimbabwe's brutal racist dictatorship commanded by Robert Mugabe, its runaway inflation, its millions of starved and murdered people, and its hotly contested recent elections. Well, at least there's some humor to be had in all this, at least from our perspective as comfortable Westerners. One Ian ...

What if climate-change alarmists are right?

Friday, May 23rd, 2008

Max Borders presents a pretty good case as to why State solutions to those problems are worse than the problems themselves.

Juror conscription is not a civic duty

Friday, May 23rd, 2008

I wonder if anyone but myself, who is pretty thoroughly obsessed with quotations from famous figures throughout history, enjoys our random quote generator that Kel put at the top of our page. (He didn't write the code, he just put it up there; the plugin is by Dustin Barnes.) I ...

Ron Paul and Obama on USSR, Iran

Friday, May 23rd, 2008

Hey, Will Bunch: since you are probably still concerned with the reasons intelligent, informed Americans hold stupid, State-loving journalists like yourself in such low esteem, here is yet another example for you: Who said the following: Here’s the truth: the Soviet Union had thousands of nuclear weapons, and Iran doesn’t have a ...

To the Home Office, everyone is a terrorist suspect

Thursday, May 22nd, 2008

It's a shame George Orwell didn't foresee the advent of computers and the computer age because if he had, 1984 would have been so much more frightening. The Home Office of Great Britain plans to create "Big brother" database for phones calls, emails and web use. This fascism hasn't been ...

Libertarian Party nomination

Wednesday, May 21st, 2008

Link-and-run time: I agree with pretty much every word of this post by Roderick Long, who, despite his agorist commitments, endorses anarcho-capitalist Mary Ruwart for the LP nomination.

Protest = Terrorism

Tuesday, May 20th, 2008

That's the point we're coming to under this national-security state in 21st-century America. Republicans and Democrats and the people who continue to support them like a battered wife who won't leave her abusive husband are to blame. Karen De Coster on the LRC blag: If you are going to St. ...