I honestly didn't want to write this article. I have already made a few Facebook comments trying to clarify what was wrong with Jeff Deist's "For a New Libertarian" speech, but sadly the controversy isn't going away. Battle lines are being drawn and the gulf between the consistent libertarians who prioritize liberty above all else and those who are willing to give a nod to fascism, nationalism, and the alt-right is growing ever wider and deeper. … 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.
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
I am a libertarian, so I have several reasons for opposing Donald Trump's candidacy which may not be applicable to most conservatives, but there are also some very compelling reasons why consistent conservatives and "Tea Party Republicans" should oppose him as well. … Read this article
"Mr. Libertarian" Murray Rothbard put it this way, "If you wish to know how libertarians regard the State and any of its acts, simply think of the State as a criminal band, and all of the libertarian attitudes will logically fall into place." Once one recognizes that the authority claimed by the state is fictional, it becomes crystal clear that its actions are no more legitimate than the crimes and claims perpetrated by any other criminal gang. … 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
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
I consider myself a free-market anarchist which is often regarded as essentially the same as an anarcho-capitalist (or an-cap.) The differences or lack thereof between market anarchists and an-caps is beyond the scope of this article. What this means for me is that I advocate a stateless society (sometimes euphemistically referred to as "Ancapistan") in which all transactions are voluntary and in which the non-aggression principle and individual rights to legitimately-acquired property are respected. … Read this article
I oppose the state because the state harms people. It kills them, injures them, kidnaps them, and steals their property. The state does not do these evil things rarely or as a last resort, but rather it does them continuously as they are its core function. … Read this article