Archive for the ‘Elections’ Category

Hey, look, I wrote up some thoughts about Trump’s election

Friday, November 11th, 2016

I focus a lot—maybe a little too much—on people's visceral, gut reactions to various things. I just think it's a good gauge of what their principles and priorities are. Well, my gut reaction to seeing Hillary Clinton's lead diminish on Tuesday night and Trump win Ohio, then North Carolina, then ...

Brexit, free trade, and Enlightenment principles

Monday, August 1st, 2016

NEOLIBERALISM, LIBERTARIANISM, AND FREE TRADE As I read about the rationales given for each side in the recent "Brexit" decision as well as their respective complaints and predictions about the UK's present and future situation, one thing strikes me as particularly funny above all: All the economic and social objections to ...

Greenwald on the deification of Democrats and villification of Republicans

Monday, December 3rd, 2012

Glenn Greenwald's column Obama: a GOP president should have rules limiting the kill list must be my favorite political writing that I've read in years. It expresses why I'm so frustrated and fed up with liberals and their Democratic politicians better than I ever could have, so I'll just quote ...

Quote of the day

Saturday, October 13th, 2012

Chris Floyd on Obama's beloved Pakistan drone program: [W]hen you vote for one of the factions in the imperial power bloc—Democrat or Republican—this is what you are supporting. You are empowering, enabling and associating yourself with an extremist regime that visits bin Laden-like terror on innocent people, day after day, night ...

How much good have Ron Paul’s presidential campaigns done?

Wednesday, March 7th, 2012

I honestly don't know. I wish it were a lot, but I think it's optimistic to say they've even done a moderate amount of good for the cause of liberty in this country as a whole. I voted for him in my state's primary just to try to help out ...

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 ...

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 ...

Fish in a barrel 7

Monday, May 24th, 2010

I've been a little depressed about how little time I have/make for blagging and reading about politics and economics this year, but it's because I'm working a lot, exercising five or six times a week, and watching things obsessively on DVD, like Star Trek and Futurama and True Blood. I ...

Campaign finance reform is pretty simple

Monday, January 25th, 2010

Many of my friends and millions of people in the blogosphere/social-mediasphere have expressed their outrage and indignation at the Supreme Court's ruling that corporations can spend as much as they want to promote or oppose whatever political candidates or causes that they want. One of my friends said she was ...

One year of Obama crimes and failures

Tuesday, January 19th, 2010

Barack Obama is already a terrible president, a war criminal who belongs in prison beside Dick Cheney and George W. Bush. He is an economic ignoramus who despises private enterprise, exalts the State over the individual, and dreams of a world in which the inert, gray, bureaucratic mediocrity of corporate-State ...

Quote of the day

Friday, October 16th, 2009

Charles Johnson, October 14, 2009: If you want a recipe for real disgust with the prevailing political establishment, and a real opening for radical critique, one of the things that has to happen is that dissidents need to begin to see that even the longed-for best-case scenario can’t possibly deliver what ...

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 ...