Pat Buchanan and I take opposite sides on some issues, particularly with his emphasis on "culture wars" and his aversion to immigration. Nonetheless, I must give a qualified recommendation for his book Churchill, Hitler, and the Unnecessary War. Tl;dr version: both World War I and II were unnecessary. The Brits won the war but lost… Continue reading Unnecessary Wars
Folks who read or listen to me know that I am deeply against war; indeed, I have been against war since my earliest memories, going back to the Vietnam War. But why? To answer simply: I have moral standards. War is about "breaking things and killing people;" especially the latter. Now, I am no pacifist;… Continue reading Against War: Standards
My father taught me something wise. "When you hear somebody say 'blah blah blah but such-and-such,' the word 'but' is a signal. Everything before the 'but' is preamble, which you can safely ignore. After the 'but', that's the real substance, that's what they were leading you to. That's the important part." Whenever politicians speak, I… Continue reading Skip The Whereases
Having locks on some doors does not mean that every door, every road, every shopping mall, every border should be locked and should require ID checks. I say this in response to BCFs (Border Control Freaks) who constantly draw a false analogy between sealed borders and a locked door. The analogy is doubly false. First… Continue reading Borders != Doors
I chose to write about the Vietnam War in the late 60s, while it was still ongoing - it ended in 1975, with the fall of Saigon. In those days, I could say I leaned heavily libertarian by instinct, but I hadn't yet read much, nor developed my ideas. I went to the main branch… Continue reading War and Loathing
The enemies of American freedom are not overseas. No foreign dictator wrote any "free speech zone" ordinances in America. No foreign dictator is responsible for SWAT teams breaking down the doors of people, shooting their dogs and sometimes their children, all based upon unsubstantiated rumors ("tips") that there might be drugs and weapons. No foreign… Continue reading Defenders of Freedom: Needed Back Home.
Medieval scholars debated the number of angels who could fit on a pin. Today's thinkers debate such abstruse questions as "how would Ancapistan defend itself against a foreign invasion?" There is no simple answer; it's like asking "who would build a pencil?" Many people would, each adding their bit of expertise, skills, labor, and materials.… Continue reading Who Would Defend?