Perhaps the hardest thing for others to understand about libertarian ideas is this: we object to the gun in the room. I don't mean we're anti-gun at all; most, in fact, support the use of firearms for recreational, sporting, and self-defense uses. What we object to is that, in order to drive policy X, some… Continue reading Let’s Talk About The Gun
Humanism: "An outlook or system of thought attaching prime importance to human rather than divine or supernatural matters. Humanist beliefs stress the potential value and goodness of human beings, emphasize common human needs, and seek solely rational ways of solving human problems." Changing the method of election of officials from "divine award" or "conquest" to… Continue reading Should Humanists Be Statheists?
Papa Libertarian helped to organize and promote several Pink Pistols chapters; groups of LGBT folk and friends who meet to practice and advocate for the safe, responsible, and legal use of firearms for self-defense and recreation. While LGBT folk come from everywhere, including gun-friendly homes, beginning shooters are not always comfortable "coming out" in gun… Continue reading Why Pink Pistols?
Some folks imagine that libertarians must be some sort of "far-right conservative." Nothing could be further from the truth. I'm not sure anyone - even self-proclaimed "conservatives" - can define what a "conservative" is. What are they conserving? I respect that long-held traditions might encapsulate some measure of wisdom, and should not be lightly discarded.… Continue reading Why I am not a Conservative
Social conservatives often talk about morals and government, but seldom apply the first to the second. "Conservative" thinkers are quite reluctant to throw anything away, even something as terribly counterproductive as collectivist farming or collectivist education, because it is "traditional." Libertarians are more consistent and more radical; recognizing that government is violence, they apply the… Continue reading Morality-based Government Should be Zero-Based
In 1984, psychologist Benjamin Bloom reported the surprising results of replacing traditional forms of education by 1:1 or 1:few tutoring: 50% of tutored students did as well or better than the top 2% of those taught by traditional methods; 90% of tutored students did as well or better than the top 20% of those taught… Continue reading School Expectations Too Low? Bloom 2 Sigma Results