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
If there is anything positive to be said about the growing chorus of voices (see here, here, and here) advocating a "Universal Basic Income" or UBI, it's that the long-term critics of the welfare state have at last been proven correct. … Read this article
Perhaps it's time the "loser snowflakes" of the world started recognizing the real source of their problems.
Stephen Hartgen is a Republican Idaho State Representative from Twin Falls. This means he spends 3-4 months every year in session in Boise, Idaho, voting on laws and budgets. … Read this article
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
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
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
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
Don't hurt people and don't take their stuff. If you do, make it right. If you refuse, don't be surprised when people want nothing to do with you.
While I certainly do not expect to see Marine Le Pen secure a victory in the upcoming French Presidential runoff election, even her ascendency to such a race represents yet another (once) surprising victory for the strain of nationalistic populism which has been sweeping the globe in recent years. … Read this article
Controversial Opinion of the Day: I don't blame people (or businesses) who accept subsidies from the state. I blame the state. I don't personally accept subsidies because I prefer to avoid interacting with the state whenever possible, but I believe that most people who do accept them will still never break even when you factor in all the harm the state has done to them. … Read this article