Thoughts on Life, the Universe, and Everything

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

Why the insurance model doesn’t work for healthcare

Published by on Mar 25, 2017

Healthcare is costing Americans trillions of dollars every year, yet they keep demanding more and more of it—all at little or no cost to themselves, of course.

The underlying problem with healthcare costs becomes quite evident when you look at the likelihood of being diagnosed with cancer at some point in your life (50%), the average cost of treating cancer ($60K or more, though estimates vary widely and some treatments can exceed $1 million), and the fact that more than two-thirds of Americans have less than $1,000 in savings. … Read this article