Don't hurt people and don't take their stuff. If you do, make restitution as best you can. Restitution is a debt you owe to those you have harmed, but it's not an excuse for them to seek retribution against you. No one ever has the right to use violence against another person except to terminate an ongoing act of aggression. … Read this article
"Freedom of movement" is a libertarian virtue in any location which is not privately owned or where the owner does not opt to restrict movement. Moreover, just because libertarians advocate a fully privatized society, it does not necessarily follow that every square inch of ground will be privately owned nor that every property owner will choose to deny access to visitors and travelers. … Read this article
Anarcho-capitalists have a tendency to fancy themselves as too far outside the normal sphere of anarchy when we are actually just anarchists who understand both economics and human nature.
As a libertarian of the anarchist persuasion (one who advocates the complete and total abolition of the state), I often find myself in discussions of how a truly "free" world might look. The truth, though, is that a free world would allow for the development of many diverse and dissimilar communities that bear little resemblance to each other. … Read this article
An internally consistent moral framework for life, the universe, and everything¹
All rights are property rights. This statement may seem counterintuitive for those whom the "right to life" or some other such construct holds significant meaning, but allow me to make my argument and see if you don't agree with my conclusions. … Read this article
The issue of "public" lands has been a contentious one lately, with many people claiming the feds should transfer them (or return them) to the states and others calling for full privatization. I don't believe that any of these ideas are consistent with reality, however, because all ownership or jurisdictional claims made by states (by which I mean any government) are already null and void. … 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.
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
The list of problems with the 'Common Core' education standards is lengthy indeed. It includes the long and largely meaningless tests, the privacy destroying data retention mandates, and the curriculum components that leave many unhappy and unsatisfied, but my primary complaint is something else entirely. … Read this article
For those who don't know, the BATFE is working to ban common M855 ball ammo by claiming that it's "armor-piercing ammunition." I have two problems with this.
First, M855 is NOT armor-piercing.
Second, we should have unfettered access to armor-piercing ammunition as the fundamental purpose of the right to keep and bear arms is to kill tyrants—and they tend to have plenty of armor. … Read this article