What we are seeing today is the normalization of a disturbing trend which has been slowly growing over the last couple of decades: The wholesale destruction of lives and careers through rumors, speculation, and salacious gossip spread by a partisan, agenda-driven media machine. … 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.
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
The non-aggression principle (NAP) is consistent with the view that rights are inalienable. If we accept that the right to not be aggressed against is inalienable, retribution and punishment are necessarily prohibited. Such a prohibition is consistent with the NAP as these retributive acts are not a direct response to aggression (as is self-defense) but are separate acts of force which one attempts to justify based on the past bad acts of a former aggressor. … Read this article
The concept of "authority" can be defined as the right to control someone. While the word is sometimes used in other contexts (i.e. "the leading authority on UFO sightings"), the relevant definition is "the right to control" rather than as an inexact synonym for "expert." It is also improper to use the word to mean merely the ability to control something (you don't have "authority" over your watch simply because you have the ability to set it.) The notion of authority is about the right to control, and this quite simply cannot actually exist because no one ever has the right to control anyone other than themselves. … Read this article
Drunk driving is not what most people believe. An exceedingly common occurrence that goes entirely undetected in more than 99 percent of cases and remains victimless in more than 99.9 percent of cases, it has become a massive revenue-generation scam for the state which bilks individuals out of billions of dollars every year in fines and penalties which are then gobbled up by the increasingly militarized police state. … Read this article
Someday you may be called to serve on a jury. This is a grave responsibility which gives you power over someone's life and liberty, and you must not take it lightly. There is no action more serious than depriving someone of their freedom and that is exactly what a guilty verdict from a jury does. … Read this article
Contrary to what some people believe, I don't hate police, but I do believe that individuals employed as police officers routinely engage in immoral behavior and thus I find it unwise to trust them or to consider them allies. The following are four ways in which the actions of police officers constitute immoral choices. … Read this article
It isn't logical to refuse to transition from one flawed way of doing things to another better way simply because the new way isn't perfect. Self-driving cars don't have to have zero accidents, they merely need to have fewer accidents than cars driven by people to be an improvement. … Read this article
Why is the United States (supposedly a 'modern' nation) in a club with these other nations whose lack of justice is routinely decried?
The US is a signature member of the Government Murder Club even as its neighbors (Canada and Mexico) and allies (all of Europe except Belarus) have abolished the death penalty. … Read this article