Archive for the ‘Statolatry’ Category

Charles Pierce puts Dianne Feinstein in her place

Sunday, September 22nd, 2013

In response to the Senate Judiciary Committee's bill that purports to define what a journalist is, journalist Charles P. Pierce responds with the appropriate amount of fury: Hey, Dianne, here's the thing on that First Amendment business. I get to define what you do for a living. And if I decide ...

NSA apologists are proven wrong over and over and over again

Friday, August 9th, 2013

The people who have excused, defended, rationalized, and given the benefit of the doubt to the U.S. government and the NSA since Glenn Greenwald began publishing Edward Snowden's leaks are looking more and more pathetic with every new revelation. If nothing else, this shows that you can rarely go wrong ...

Whose rights, specifically, have been violated by NSA?

Tuesday, August 6th, 2013

That is a question I've encountered more often than I expected in the social-mediasphere and in the comments to articles written by Glenn Greenwald and others. These skeptics say: Is the National Security Agency's surveillance really excessive or over-reaching if it hasn't actually been used to violate anyone's rights or ...

How is anyone surprised by the Democrats?

Saturday, March 9th, 2013

Liberal commentators all around the internet, both professional and amateur, were fuming earlier this week in response to Sen. Rand Paul's filibuster to block the confirmation of John Brennan for CIA director. But interestingly, many of them weren't going after Paul but rather were expressing disappointment and shame at liberal ...

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 ...

Greenwald on free speech restrictions

Thursday, October 18th, 2012

Throughout history, it has often been the case that today's "hate speech" becomes tomorrow's enlightenment. Today's "incitement" becomes tomorrow's righteous subversion of unjust authority and flawed orthodoxies. Add to all that the ignoble tendency to object to—or even recognize the existence of—repression only when it affects one directly...and it's clear that ...

Peter Gray’s worldwide “unschooling” survey

Thursday, April 12th, 2012

Peter Gray has written an absolutely fascinating series of articles about the alternative form of home-based education called "unschooling" and the families who practice it. Gray is a professor of psychology who runs the blag "Freedom to Learn" at Psychology Today, in which he often writes about education from an ...

Maybe free speech is less popular than I thought

Friday, February 3rd, 2012

I had a bizarre experience yesterday: I encountered two people who were wrong on the internet who asserted that words can harm people and so their (mis)use should be punishable by law. I don't mean using libel or slander to harm someone's reputation, which should not be considered crimes anyway. ...

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 ...

Amanda Knox’s acquittal

Thursday, October 6th, 2011

I was extremely happy to learn that Amanda Knox had finally been acquitted of murdering her roommate Meredith Kercher in Italy in 2007 when they were exchange students. You could tell that justice prevailed because Nancy Grace thought the opposite. I thought the case against Amanda Knox was so circumstantial and ...

Bin Laden reaction roundup

Sunday, May 8th, 2011

I have been much more interested in the various and sundry reactions, mainly from Americans, to Osama bin Laden's killing than to the news itself. The whole situation ought to inspire quite a bit of mixed feelings from any libertarian, and even from any sensible, sympathetic human being. Notwithstanding the ...

Misguided Tea Partiers, misguided Tea Party haters

Monday, April 26th, 2010

You know, I actually think it's a shame the Tea Party gatherings receive nothing but ridicule and not discussion or engagement from the liberal Democrats. Really, what's more of a shame is that they deserve a lot of the ridicule, from libertarians and libertarian-ish people, because the movement has become ...