Thoughts on Life, the Universe, and Everything

Why I’ll never be one of Jeff Deist’s new ‘blood and soil’ libertarians

Published by on Aug 9, 2017

I honestly didn't want to write this article. I have already made a few Facebook comments trying to clarify what was wrong with Jeff Deist's "For a New Libertarian" speech, but sadly the controversy isn't going away. Battle lines are being drawn and the gulf between the consistent libertarians who prioritize liberty above all else and those who are willing to give a nod to fascism, nationalism, and the alt-right is growing ever wider and deeper. … Read this article

Work Smart, Not Hard

Published by on Jul 22, 2017

For years, we've been advised to "work hard" if we want to succeed, but the truth is that—at least since the dawn of the industrial revolution—it is those who have figured out how to not work hard who have achieved the most success. … Read this article

Fiction versus reality – a proton torpedo won’t save you

Published by on Jun 30, 2017

In fictional scenarios, there is almost always a single—usually incredibly challenging—objective whereby an enemy can be significantly weakened or even defeated entirely. Think of Luke Skywalker destroying the Death Star with a well-placed proton torpedo, Frodo Baggins throwing the One Ring into Mount Doom, or any video game in which the ultimate victory comes after defeating a final 'boss.'

Reality is much different. … Read this article

Privatizers Versus Abolitionists – Why I’m an Abolitionist

Published by on Jun 6, 2017

The greatest divide among libertarians is probably between anarchists and minarchists, but among the libertarian anarchists, the major split seems to be between the privatizers and the abolitionists. The privatizers see current violent state functions and entities (e.g. executions, prisons, military, police, border guards, TSA, etc.) and imagine most, if not all, of these functions being taken over by private entities in a free market. … Read this article

Play stupid games, win stupid prizes

Published by on May 22, 2017

There is actually a useful lesson to be learned from the Trump presidency if only people were logical enough to grasp it.

They elected a reality TV star, a non-politician, the "ultimate outsider"; yet within a few months of his inauguration, he is dutifully treading in the well-worn footsteps of his predecessors. … Read this article