Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Libertarianism

Trump Allegedly Building Private Erik Prince Run Spy Network To Counter “Deep State”

Here's the article that alleges it, though there have been a few to have made this claim. This prospect - a President elected democratically, but opposed by the deep state, who then sets up his...

There’s More to Libertarianism Than Trump or Bitcoin

It has been an interesting decade since the Ron Paul revolution began. But has it has been a period where hopes and promises turned into reality.  Rhetorical blasts from ideological champions surfed the waves...

TGIF: Liberty, Democracy, and the Right

I am mystified by the claim that the long-standing libertarian critique of democracy furnishes aid and comfort to conservatives who display a taste for populist authoritarianism. Let me say at the outset that the...

Liberty at the Movies: Kong: Skull Island

Kong: Skull Island, the latest cinematic incarnation of the legendary big ape King Kong, is not just a thrilling monster movie, but an anthology of the follies of military intervention. Set in the early seventies,...

But Without Taxation…

The inescapable conclusion that taxation is theft has led to countless people asking for alternative forms of funding. Meeting this challenge is essential for libertarians, since our message requires a radical shift in thinking...

TGIF: Real Common Sense on Gun Control

Here's how to judge the pragmatic case for gun control: if the pro-control lobby managed to have each of its favorite restrictions enacted, could we as individuals be more casual about our safety than...

Podcast on the Unlibertarian US Constitution

I was recently interviewed on the Liberty Chronicles podcast, sponsored by the Cato Institute at Libertarianism.org. Listen here.

The Voluntaryist Constitution

Reprinted with permission from the Mises Institute. There have been a number of attempts to create the ideal constitution — one which enshrines liberty, autonomy, and property rights, while ensuring the highest degree of prosperity...

TGIF: Is Secession by Referendum Libertarian?

I have concerns about secession by referendum. Individual secession, of course, is no problem; that's simply libertarianism. Before I get into my reasons, let me stipulate that smaller political jurisdictions are on net preferable...

TGIF: Overcoming Confirmation Bias on Guns

Confirmation bias is one of the great obstacles to making the practical case for liberty. People see in events what they want to see. I think of the joke about the person who planned...
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