Archive for the ‘Sports’ Category

Some thoughts on misogyny, relationships, and blame

Monday, June 2nd, 2014

The miswired psychopath who killed six people at UC-Santa Barbara has inspired an outpouring of commentary and social-media "activism", a surprising amount of which has been excellent in my opinion. I'm referring to the commentary on the general topic of misogyny, sexism, and harassment in the modern Western world, not ...

Thick libertarianism and bigotry and public shaming

Monday, May 5th, 2014

This is an email I sent to Sheldon Richman on May 3: Dear Mr. Richman, I had a few thoughts about your recent TGIF column "Libertarianism Rightly Conceived" and how thick and thin libertarianism might be applied to some recent news stories, and I hoped you could share your perspective. I don't ...

Good for the Southeastern Conference!

Tuesday, June 12th, 2012

In college athletics, the Southeastern Conference has been lenient in penalizing student-athletes who fail a marijuana test. The SEC might not punish a player at all for one failed test, and it might be a third, fourth, or even fifth failed test before a player is suspended or banned from ...

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 ...

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 ...

Because in a free society, unfettered corporations would prey on poor, defenseless individuals and extort them for illegitimate and non-consensual “protection fees”

Thursday, July 14th, 2011

Yankees fan Christian Lopez, who caught Derek Jeter's 3000th career hit, which was a home run, could owe an extra $14,000 in income taxes next year due to the value of the seats and other perks the Yankees rewarded him in exchange for giving them the ball back and not ...

Broken windows in Vancouver

Friday, June 17th, 2011



Hierarchy, authority, authoritarianism, left-libertarianism

Saturday, April 9th, 2011

I liked Kinsella's blag post Hierarchy, Authority, Authoritarianism, Left-Libertarianism and, especially, the comments therein. Reprinting his responses to a Facebook thread, Kinsella said: This use of “hierarchy” and “command” to cover both coercive (the state) and voluntary, non-coercive institutions (church, family, corporation) is equivocation. We libertarians do not oppose hierarchy or ...

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 ...

It’s not your fucking business

Friday, August 20th, 2010

Roger Clemens has been indicted for "obstruction of Congress" because he lied to them in 2008 when he told them, "Let me be clear. I have never taken steroids or hGH." The Imperial Federal Government has decided it can take people's lives, liberty, and property for putting certain substances into ...

Let the Canadian women celebrate how they want!

Saturday, February 27th, 2010

Rarely have I been so pissed off in recent memory as I was at the outcries that the idiotic Olympic committee and the "international community" gave to the Canadian women's hockey team for its celebration following its gold medal victory, but what nearly made me yell at my TV was ...

Plaxidental shooting

Wednesday, December 3rd, 2008

Last Friday, New York football Giants wide receiver Plaxico Burress took a gun into a New York City nightclub and accidentally shot himself in the leg while he was fumbling with his gun in one hand and holding a glass of wine in the other. He went to the hospital ...