Archive for the ‘Divisiveness’ Category

The void will be filled

Sunday, July 20th, 2014

Gracy Olmstead writes the most perfect and succinct summary I've yet seen of my over-arching socio-culturo-political worldview. If I could distill it into a single sentence, it would be something like: The more a society seeks to—or is forced to—delegate its affairs to the State and rely on the State ...

Thirteen miscellaneous thoughts on the Hobby Lobby case and the reactions to it

Tuesday, July 8th, 2014

"To compel a man to furnish funds for the propagation of ideas he disbelieves and abhors is sinful and tyrannical." —Thomas Jefferson Other than the absurd necessity (and apparent futility) of explaining that a government's failure to mandate something doesn't equate to outlawing it, nor does it enable other people or ...

Not all women, not all men

Saturday, May 31st, 2014

As with so much about Twitter and the rest of the internet, the recent #YesAllWomen movement, which took place in the wake of the UCSB murders but which both legitimately and laughably moved far away from the killer's supposedly misogynist motivation and into the everyday fears and annoyances that women ...

Quote of the day

Thursday, April 17th, 2014

"But in reality the point of free speech is for the stuff that’s over the line, and strikingly unbalanced. If free speech is only for polite persons of mild temperament within government-policed parameters, it isn’t free at all." —Mark Steyn, "The slow death of free speech" I suspect that some of my ...

Adam Gopnik is complicit in the genocides of the 20th century

Friday, December 14th, 2012

Adam Gopnik, writing in the New Yorker, makes an eloquent while still outraged and despairing plea for the United States to enact much stricter gun control laws to prevent massacres like that in Newtown, Connecticut. I think he makes a major logical and philosophical error, though, when he makes gun-rights ...

Neighbors helping neighbors in a disaster: voluntary cooperation and spontaneous order

Sunday, July 17th, 2011

I liked this NPR report by Shankar Vedantam about friends and communities helping each other after (and even before) natural disasters and the failure of government agencies to help them very much when it really matters. The article on the website is similar to the radio report, but with more ...

Incrementalism and agorism

Thursday, November 11th, 2010

I liked my response to this post by David Z. enough to re-print it here, especially because I thought of it all on the fly. It basically summarizes why anarcho-libertarians shouldn't be so dogmatic and exclusive that we alienate or ostracize advocates of limited government who might not want to ...

Jim Breuer on democracy

Saturday, October 23rd, 2010

I really liked actor-comedian Jim Breuer's perspective on politics and democracy on the Regular Guys Show on Friday, October 22, 2010. He was an in-studio guest, and he stuck around for the last news segment of the morning. When the news guy brought up the local elections and the fact ...

Crying ‘racism’ makes it worse

Sunday, October 3rd, 2010

If you follow interesting sports like baseball, football, hockey, and golf, then that will necessarily occasionally expose you to coverage and discussion of worthless sports like basketball. This also means you have to listen to at least a little bit of the insufferable blathering of basketball players and commentators. If ...

Fish in a barrel 3

Wednesday, September 30th, 2009

Nate Anderson of Ars Technica wrote, Licensed spectrum came into being for a reason. In the early days of radio, unlicensed radio stations in urban areas regularly got into "power wars" with rival stations, leading to plenty of static. Compared to this free-for-all, the licensing of radio stations in the US, ...

Fish in a barrel 2

Thursday, September 17th, 2009

California tax officials: legal pot would bring $1.4B. No, you still don't quite seem to get it. If it is TAXED and REGULATED, both of which are restrictions or extortions backed with explicit threats of murder, then by definition it is NOT LEGAL. You mean, "Legal except only in the ...

Misconceptions about libertarianism and Statism

Tuesday, September 1st, 2009

I find that correcting misconceptions about libertarianism amounts more to correcting misconceptions about the State than anything else. Statists don't understand libertarianism because they don't understand their own philosophy. Libertarianism is individual liberty, personal sovereignty, voluntary association, and moral egalitarianism for all people. By "moral egalitarianism" I mean everyone is ...