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.
There are more details, of course. There is the gruesome reality of statism. … Read this article
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
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
I readily admit that some crimes are so heinous, full restoration is impossible. A life taken cannot be restored. Innocence lost cannot be reclaimed. Life isn't perfect and therefore neither is justice.
These facts are equally true in a retributive system of justice as they are in a restorative one. … Read this article
It is nearly impossible to calculate the amount of harm for which the state is responsible. Sure, you can theoretically count the dollars stolen, the people kidnapped and locked in state cages, and the individuals killed directly, but what is much more difficult to grasp is the scale of the harm caused indirectly by statism. … Read this article
The world is in the midst of a learning revolution, yet those who wish to continue using education as a means of control do not want to acknowledge it. You can now learn more in an hour—online, for free—than you can in a full day on a college campus. … Read this article