Archive for January, 2012

How long will the SOPA protests be successful?

Sunday, January 29th, 2012

In my more cynical moods, I think that Westerners' complacency in political and economic matters and their comfort levels with life in general will make their recent victories against internet censorship mere footnotes to the history of State encroachment into our online lives. In other words, lawmakers, lobbyists, and other ...

Two recent political sports stories

Wednesday, January 25th, 2012

Boston Bruins' goaltender and last year's Conn Smythe Trophy winner (Stanley Cup Playoffs MVP) Tim Thomas declined to visit the White House to celebrate his team's Stanley Cup championship last season. His reasons were basically political, as he detailed in a Facebook message: I believe the Federal government has grown out ...

Quote of the day

Sunday, January 22nd, 2012

"People don’t want ‘a better clothes dryer’, they want to be able to spend less time washing clothes and thus more time writing novels or playing with their children or fishing or what have you." —Z. Caceres on the benefits and desirability of economic growth

Links for an ending week

Friday, January 20th, 2012

President Obama deserves praise for opposing the SOPA/PIPA bills in the House and Senate, respectively, but, of course, in true Republocrat fashion, deserves further criticism for qualifying that with, "That is why the Administration calls on all sides to work together to pass sound legislation this year that provides prosecutors ...

Union-negotiated protections are apparently only okay when people agree with the outcomes

Friday, January 6th, 2012

Libertarians and anarchists who don't add the "left-" moniker or some other adjective advertising how pro-union or pro-"worker" they are often get accused of opposing unions or unionization in general. Few misrepresentations of libertarians are farther from the truth. I have found myself to be quite pro-union, especially when looking ...

Hypocrites silent as Obama authorizes military detention of American citizens

Monday, January 2nd, 2012

One of the most unfortunate aspects of America's democratic process and its current state here at the beginning of 2012 is the nearly compete absence of discussion of some central issues by most people, along with their failure to acknowledge that those issues even exist and their complete hypocrisy regarding ...