2016 was largely a year of confusion around the globe. It was a year in which the deadly horrors of statism were on full display, yet most people misidentified them and instead blamed immigrants, refugees, and anarchists for these statist evils. … Read this article
As a libertarian of the anarchist persuasion (one who advocates the complete and total abolition of the state), I often find myself in discussions of how a truly "free" world might look. The truth, though, is that a free world would allow for the development of many diverse and dissimilar communities that bear little resemblance to each other. … Read this article
There's a bit of a trend right now to share unpopular, non-political opinions on Facebook. Here are some of mine.
- I don't smoke and never have, but I don't mind cigarette smoke. I do mind those who complain about it.
Goods and services aren't free because they involve scarce resources. If you want heat, food, shelter, clothing, transportation, internet, and all the other things that make life comfortable and fun, you either have to make them yourself—chop wood and build a fire, dig a well, forage for food, etc.—or you have to trade for them using the goods and services you prefer to produce and/or you are better at producing. … Read this article
I recently had an interesting (and short, because he quickly blocked me) conversation on Facebook with a self-styled "anarcho-primitivist" named Justin Stout. He claimed that "economics is a form of brain damage" and went on to make his case thusly: … Read this article
The employer-employee relationship doesn't involve authority because it is an ongoing, voluntary trade of labor for goods (typically money) or occasionally services. There is often confusion on this issue because it might appear that when a "boss" tells his employee what to do, he is exercising authority over that employee. … Read this article
Spending time on Amazon or taking a trip to Costco or Best Buy may leave you convinced that you really need a larger TV, but you may be able to achieve a similar effect simply by sitting closer to the TV you already have. … Read this article
The non-aggression principle (NAP) isn't some magical or mystical moral code handed down by a deity or discovered in ancient ruins, it's derived from logic and reason. Individuals can't all have the right to do whatever they want without there being constant conflict—I can't have the right to kill you without coming into conflict with your rights to do anything. … Read this article
Faced with the avalanche of despicable and unrelenting boot-licking propaganda from the John Birch Society (JBS) and its local disciples, you might believe that cops were not 53 times more deadly to Americans than terrorism. You might believe that 960 Americans had not already been slaughtered by the American Gestapo in 2016. … Read this article
I have spent many years involved in politics despite knowing that it was ultimately pointless and perhaps even counterproductive. My inclination to DO SOMETHING about problems has always been very strong, and politics offered (or appeared to offer) a ready-made opportunity to take on the enemies who make our lives miserable. … Read this article