Thoughts on Life, the Universe, and Everything

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

REVIEW: Anker Universal Magnetic Car Mount

Published by on Sep 26, 2017

I recently began using the Anker Universal Magnetic Car Mount to hold my phone for navigation in my vehicle, and I'm quite impressed with its performance.

Unlike larger phone holders which stick to the window with a suction cup (until they don't) or otherwise intrude into a vehicle's interior, the Anker Universal Magnetic Car Mount is incredibly low-profile and can be mounted to almost any surface with a small, round piece of 3M adhesive foam tape. … 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

REVIEW: Anker Roav Dash Cam C1

Published by on Aug 31, 2017

I recently acquired the excellent Anker Roav Dash Cam C1 and have put it through a series of tests over the last several weeks.

There are a number of features which make this product appealing including the high-quality, wide-angle lens which produces excellent video in daylight and good quality video at night, the 1080p resolution, the use of easily-found micro-sd cards for storing recordings, and the fact that it comes with two mounting plates so the camera can be used in multiple vehicles. … 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

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