Thoughts on Life, the Universe, and Everything

Peaceful Coexistence is Possible

Published by on Dec 14, 2017

My recipe for peaceful coexistence is pretty simple. Don't hurt people and don't take their stuff. Additionally, don't be a dick. While that last part may not be mandatory, it's still a good rule of thumb.

Politics is the exact opposite of this concept because it's essentially the debate over who should be harmed and robbed and to what degree. … Read this article

Trial by Media is a Political Weapon

Published by on Dec 8, 2017

Think about the power of the 'trial by media' trend as a political weapon. A multimillion-dollar Senate race in Alabama that was effectively unwinnable for the Democrats is now all but theirs after a liberal media outlet found someone willing to tell an unprovable story about something that allegedly happened nearly four decades ago. … Read this article

Freedom’s Simple Formula

Published by on Nov 21, 2017

What does it mean to be "free"? To me, being free or having freedom simply means living one's life free from threats, demands, orders, coercion, or claimed authority emanating from other individuals or entities. It means that no one has the right to stop you from thinking, saying, or doing whatever you want so long as your actions do not constitute aggression against other people. … Read this article

The Doctrine of Parrish

Published by on Sep 27, 2017

Don't hurt people and don't take their stuff. If you do, make restitution as best you can. Restitution is a debt you owe to those you have harmed, but it's not an excuse for them to seek retribution against you. No one ever has the right to use violence against another person except to terminate an ongoing act of aggression. … Read this article

The Illusory Goal of Defeating the State through Politics

Published by on Sep 14, 2017

The argument for engaging in politics as a means of weakening the state's power is undercut by the reality of political ambition. If there were politicians who endeavored steadfastly to reduce the pain and plunder inflicted by the state in all sectors, such incrementalism might have a chance of success, but such principled people do not attain power in a political system. … Read this article

The Myth of ‘Good Government’

Published by on Aug 27, 2017

Although it's common for conservatives to look back to the 'progressive era' as the 'beginning of the end' of what they consider constitutional and therefore good government, they're not looking back far enough. The willingness of the federal government to abandon its supposed constitutional restraints is evident in the creation of the whiskey tax and the violent suppression of the resulting Whiskey Rebellion (1791); the Alien and Sedition Acts (1798); the Tariff of Abominations and the accompanying "Force Bill" (1828); and Lincoln's invasion of seceded states, violently enforced conscription, suspension of habeas corpus, and issuance of unbacked paper currency (1860-1865). … Read this article

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