Time keeps passing, and with each day that goes by, the catastrophic refugee crisis continues to escalate and more politicians hop on the bandwagon of using opposition to refugee resettlement as an opportunity for political grandstanding. Despite the growing chorus of bigotry, the states do not actually have the option to pick and choose which refugees they will admit. … Read this article
Thanks to the reaction of Western nations, the Paris attack has gone from being a small victory for ISIS (killing at least 129 people) to being a triple win. Not only did ISIS successfully kill French citizens in response to France's unwarranted interference in Syria, but now the West is scrambling to cut off assistance to ISIS victims and to slam the door in the face of refugees, leaving them to be killed or enslaved by ISIS. … Read this article
I dislike politicians on principle, but Donald Trump is particularly offensive to me. His arrogance and buffoonery are insulting, his racist remarks about Mexico, China, and the Middle East are revolting, and his policy positions are truly terrifying.
Contrary to what has recently been alleged by some of my critics, I do not "hate" Rand Paul; in fact I find his positions to be the least offensive overall of all the current presidential candidates. That said, I do disagree with him on several important policy issues including (but not limited to) the following:
Today, Rand Paul made the long-anticipated announcement that he's running for President. The first-term Senator has his father to thank for even being considered a contender so early in his political career. Unfortunately—while he shares his father's last name—he has little else in common. … Read this article
Despite the ever-prevalent 'us-versus-them' rhetoric that abounds in most discussions of foreign policy, in reality, there is no 'us' and there is no 'them.' All individuals have natural rights and those rights cannot be created or destroyed—though they can certainly be violated—by anyone or anything. … Read this article
The US government has far too much blood on its hands to have the moral high ground necessary to justify intervention on behalf of innocents half a world away. The US government routinely backs the wrong side, arms the wrong people, and contributes to destruction and genocide as it bumbles its way across the world stage. … Read this article
Atrocious actions are often carried out under color of law, yet they are still manifestly evil and abhorrent.
Any action which violates the life, liberty, or property rights of another constitutes the unjust initiation of force and justifies the use of defensive force to protect the rights of the victim. … Read this article
"War" is unjust in all cases because war is simply an excuse for the decision that distinguishing the innocent from the guilty is just too damn inconvenient.
Actions can only be committed by individuals (not broad and involuntary collectives such as countries), and therefore only guilty individuals may be justly punished for acts of aggression. … Read this article
Should a soldier follow any order he is given without question? Should he execute civilians or torture a child? Unless you actually answered yes to these questions (in which case you should just stop reading now), you have just acknowledged what the Nuremberg trials codified nearly 70 years ago: following orders is not justification for criminal activity. … Read this article