At a standard political hot-air snoozefest, a typical politician was making the usual empty promises that his inspired plan for spending taxpayer dollars would bring huge economic and cultural benefits to the rest of us. Magic Multipliers, right? I turned to a fellow standing next to me, who happened to be a lawyer, and remarked… Continue reading Politics Applies To Thee, Not Me
One of the most viral posts this year involved a parent humbly begging the Crown for permission to take their child on an educational trip without risking the threat of force. The post reproduced a letter to a parent. The principal who signed that letter thought this highly unfair, since her goals were allegedly aligned… Continue reading May It Please The Crown, Let Our Children Go
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
Can we #DrainTheTSA? I write in response to an article about a $100 million cocaine ring, which included at least two TSA agents. Now, as a libertarian, I do believe cocaine should be legal; it should be transported as cargo, just the same as many other products. There would then be no payoff for corrupt… Continue reading #DrainTheTSA
A Cafeteria Libertarian says, "I'm libertarian, except for X." A person who picks and chooses some from column A, some from column B; a part-time libertarian, or a LINO - libertarian in name only. Like Lord Acton, I assert that liberty is the highest political end. To sacrifice liberty for other ends is to subvert… Continue reading Liberty in the Balance
Is "judicial activism" good or bad? Let us first ask, what is a proper role for judges? To hear some folks speak, the only proper role of a judge is to act as a rubber stamp for Congress and/or the current Tyrant-in-Chief. One wonders if they have ever heard of the concept of checks and… Continue reading Judicial Activism: When Warranted?
A Florida man earned his 15 minutes of fame for doing something really stupid. Michael Foster saw 62 year old Clarence Daniels put a holstered weapon in his pants - a legal action in Florida. Foster followed the man into a Walmart, screamed "He's got a gun," placed him in a choke hold, and threw… Continue reading Double Standards For Police
Frédéric Bastiat wrote La Loi (The Law) in 1850, detailing how the law had been perverted from the protection of life, liberty, and property, to the practice of spoliation or legalized plunder. No society can exist if respect for the law does not prevail to some degree, but the surest means of ensuring that laws… Continue reading To Be Respected, Law Must Be Respectable.
It is commonly believed, even among economists, that orderly resolution of disputes is possible only among groups of people with similar values, who agree to work together, but not among disparate social groups. This motivates the belief that there must be some Supreme Ruler who will watch over other watchers. As to who might watch… Continue reading Can Enemies Agree To A Decentralized Framework of Law?
From time to time, some pundit heaves a sigh and delivers what he believes to be a devastating argument against the idea of a stateless society: "Without rulers, there would be no order. Therefore, people would do whatever they wanted. There would be chaos." This is the fallacy of "Assuming The Conclusion." When you are… Continue reading “Order Requires Rulers” Arguments Fail