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
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
Approximately 50,000 individuals have been sentenced to life without parole in the United States. 2,500 of them received this sentence for crimes committed as juveniles.
Such a sentence deprives the offender of any hope and offers them no incentive whatsoever to seek to reenter society. … Read this article
Let me make my positions on the issues perfectly clear. Legalize everything. Shut down the government. Repeal all the laws. Start over from scratch with a system based on individual rights and the non-aggression principle.
The only real crime is violating the natural rights of another human being, and that standard requires actual, articulable harm to have been done to an individual other than the actor. … Read this article
If gang members involved in a drive-by shooting fled into an apartment building, would the best solution be to blow up the entire building?
War is not the solution to crime!
The parallels between this scenario and Israel invading / bombing Gaza in response to a triple kidnapping and murder should be obvious, but if they're not, please read this article. … Read this article
Headlines in Idaho declared that Blake Edmund Cody was guilty of a most heinous crime — he tried to grab an officer's gun during a fight! Mr. Cody, you see, had the misfortune of being the passenger in a vehicle whose driver failed to obey a traffic sign. … Read this article
I frequently find myself discussing the issue of who should be allowed to "keep and bear arms." Most people (even those who claim to be "pro-gun") support disarming at least some people — often those who have been previously convicted of committing a "crime." Unsurprisingly to those who know me, I don't support restricting this fundamental right at all or disarming anyone. … Read this article
Perhaps unsurprisingly, Manuel Ramos and Jay Cicinelli, the two uniformed thugs who beat a homeless man to death, were today found not guilty of all charges. Inexplicably, the man whose life they ended is still dead, however... How is it possible that an unarmed man ends up dead after a vicious beating, but those cretins responsible for the lethal beating are found not guilty of any wrongdoing? … Read this article
When libertarians talk about criminal justice reform, we often draw a distinction between real crime and "victimless crime." The term is actually an oxymoron, however, as an act that does not victimize another cannot be a crime. What we are referring to are voluntary actions that do not harm anyone against their will, but which have still been banned or otherwise restricted by the violent gang that calls itself the state. … Read this article
Theft is despicable. I'm not saying that it's necessarily worse than assault or murder, but while those actions may be the result of elevated passions in the heat of the moment, theft rarely is. Theft is a cold, calculated act designed to deprive an individual of their owned property. … Read this article