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
You hear the argument every election cycle. It's espoused at the federal, state, and local level. Democrats use it. Republicans use it. Surprisingly, even some Libertarians and anarchists can be heard appealing to it. It's the 'lesser of two evils argument,' but despite its wide adoption, it's a fallacy. … Read this article
In 1941, the Japanese military attacked the US naval base at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. This was in response to the US government seizing control of Hawaii and the Philippines, and the Japanese government considering the ever expanding US empire to pose a growing and credible threat. … 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
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
Wearing a government-issued costume can never make initiating force moral or justified, yet we see such aggression occurring every single day, and many people excuse or even applaud this violence.
Cops regularly assault, rob, kidnap, and even kill individuals in response to their engaging in some victimless action (speeding, lacking certain paperwork, possessing banned goods, etc.), yet these enforcers are almost never condemned or held accountable for their acts of violence. … 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
The gun is an excellent defensive weapon because it is designed to kill individuals one at a time. As the lethality of a weapon increases (particularly as to how many individuals it is designed to kill at once) it becomes less suited to justifiable defensive use and more suited to the unjustifiable slaughter of innocents. … Read this article