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Wednesday, May 28th, 2014

Bring Reading Rainbow Back for Every Child, Everywhere. First thing… THIS is how you do a kickstarter. This is the kind of thing that kickstarter can be great at, and do great things with; being done by people who understand their medium and their audience, and who design their campaign properly around it. If this [...]

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Reframing the Hierarchy of False Dichotomies

Tuesday, May 20th, 2014

This image is one way of reframing the common conception of the left/right false dichotomy… and it’s an important first step of reconceptualizing the false dichotomy to reveal the true dichotomy… but if you stop there, you have failed, and will continue to fail. Reframe the statement further… Neither work for the corporations. “Both” work [...]

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Why I am not a libertarian…

Wednesday, April 30th, 2014

I am not a libertarian because I think I’m smarter than you I am not a libertarian because I think I’m better educated than you I am not a libertarian because I think I’m morally or ethically superior to you I am not a libertarian because I think I have better ideas about running things [...]

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Freedom, Group Identification, and Consequences

Wednesday, April 30th, 2014

To anyone trying to make the Cliven Bundy issue, or the Donald Sterling issue, or the Brendan Eich issue about freedom of speech… …PLEASE STOP… They are unrelated, and MOSTLY irrelevant, to free speech. None are a question of freedom of speech. All three are a question of bad PR and violating contract terms. These [...]

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The Problem With Freedom…

Tuesday, February 25th, 2014

Here’s the problem with supporting liberty and freedom… You have to support peoples liberty and freedom to be assholes and idiots. I think discriminating against gays or blacks or anyone else for some arbitrary characteristic that doesn’t harm you is fucking idiotic, and proof that you are a total asshole. However, I think you should [...]

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Bye Bye 4th and 5th amendment: Obamacare info may be used for Law Enforcement and Audit activities

Wednesday, October 9th, 2013

Well… we knew that the 4th and 5th amendment meant nothing to them… never mind HIPAA… but really?   Obamacare Marketplace: Personal Data Can Be Used For ‘Law Enforcement and Audit Activities’ Maryland’s Health Connection, the state’s Obamacare marketplace, has been plagued by delays in the first days of open enrollment. If users are able [...]

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Don’t you wish YOUR job had raises like this?

Monday, October 7th, 2013

This whole government “shutdown” thing has brought out a lot of talk about federal pay. A liberal of my acquaintance posted something on facebook a couple days ago: “A Republican I know said, ‘If you got furloughed because of the shut down, maybe you should get a real job.’ Yeah… about that…” ‘pon which he [...]

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The scope and scale of the fraud… and the misconception that allows it to continue and worsen

Thursday, October 3rd, 2013

So, once again, telling people the truth about Social Security produces indignation, and the expression of common misconceptions… to wit: “Hey wait a second. I paid into Social Security for 47 years. I’m just getting out that I paid in, and the return on my investment. It’s not my fault congress didn’t do what it [...]

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It isn’t, wasn’t, aint ever gonna be…

Thursday, October 3rd, 2013

I mentioned Social Security as an entitlement payment in my post on the government shutdown, and it raised a fairly common objection in several who read it: They don’t think of Social Security as an entitlement, or a welfare payment; they view it as their right, by virtue of having contributed to the system for [...]

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Defunding and Debt Limits and Shutdowns Oh My!

Tuesday, October 1st, 2013

Welcome to the sideshow folks… Step right up and enjoy the posturing, rhetoric, and antics of our congressional clown crew… Over to your right you’ll see the amazing vocal endurance of Republican Senator from Texas Ted Cruz as he tosses red meat to the base… … To be serious, there are a large group of [...]

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Because it’s the Right Thing… and Because it’s Tactically Sound

Tuesday, April 30th, 2013

A few days ago, an NBA player of no particular note came out as gay… Which, really, should also be of no particular note. But then ESPN decided to put a moronic bigot (whose name I won’t mention and whose video I won’t bother linking to here… why publicize idiots like this) to discuss the [...]

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Titles Wrong, Concept’s Right

Wednesday, March 20th, 2013

This illustrates the fundamental flaw of all authoritarian philosophies quite handily… The author titles is as “anarchy in one lesson”, but actually it’s liberty in one lesson. This is the problem with people who consider themselves anarchists… They don’t actually understand what anarchy is (and that it is in fact one of the WORST and [...]

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Take Back Your Government

Friday, January 25th, 2013

Tuesday night, I spoke before the Bonner County Republican Party Central Committee (all elected county officials in Bonner county are Republicans right now), in support of a resolution (which I had a small part in writing) supporting the second amendment and: “Strongly urging” the county commission (all commissioners are Republicans) to enact an ordnance 1. [...]

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History, Moral Philosophy, and Libertarianism

Tuesday, December 11th, 2012

I’ve written fairly extensively about the philosophy behind my particularly type of libertarianism… and how there are a LOT of different schools of libertarian thought… and a lot of pointless, anal, wonky, yet often completely epically vicious… argument and disagreement between them. A selective overview of these pieces can be found here: A Refresher on [...]

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The Basic Premise Behind Campaign Finance Laws

Wednesday, October 31st, 2012

A great deal of ink (or film, or bits) has been expended this election cycle, primarily on the far left (though some on the right… particularly with the more populist factions), decrying the actions of “independent” political action committees, superPACs, and “issue advocacy groups”; as somehow corrupt, evil, anti-democratic etc.. The rhetoric on the left, [...]

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Accountability, responsibility, risk, metrics, unions, markets… What about education?

Wednesday, September 12th, 2012

As has been discussed here recently, Chicago teachers are striking, even though they already make an average salary nearly double that of the average Chicago family, and are being offered a 16% raise over four years. I dunno about you, but as a free market partcipant in our economy today, that sounds like a pretty [...]

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Two Libertarians Walk Into a Bar

Monday, August 6th, 2012

Actually four libertarians (an two larval stage libertarians), and it was a restaurant; but the potential for humor is about the same. Mel and I just had the pleasure of dinner (and Coldstone ice cream afterwards) with Aretae and his wife, and children. No, there wasn’t some long winded intellectual libertarian singularity, or formalist/structuralist matter/antimatter [...]

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Farming in an Equilibrium Trap

Wednesday, August 1st, 2012

JayG wrote something today about how this summers drought is hitting farmers very hard; which is absolutely true. And it’s already having an impact on food prices, and that impact is just going to grow. The crop that’s being impacted worst is dent corn, which makes up the majority of livestock feed in this country; [...]

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In the Mailbox Today…

Tuesday, June 19th, 2012

Marco Rubios new bio/memoir “An American Son” Full disclosure, his publisher sent me a review copy (as they did to a number of conservative and libertarian bloggers). I’ll be reading it and posting a review shortly. The book will be publicly available starting tomorrow, and can be pre-ordered from Amazon now (links below). For those [...]

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I DESPERATELY need this as a t-shirt

Thursday, June 14th, 2012
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