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What’s that got to do with the price of whiskey in West Virginia

Friday, October 24th, 2014

Sometimes it can be hard for people to grasp how government distortion of the free market actually impacts them, and why it’s such a corrosive and destructive force. The whole issue is so big, and so pervasive, that people can’t relate to it, or focus on it, or see how it hurts them personally… at […]

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A Curious Narcissism

Thursday, October 23rd, 2014

There is a curious narcissism to collectivism. It says “I want this, and think it should be this way, and I am good and right; therefore everyone else should also want this and be good and right with me, thus validating that I am good and right”. Of course, if you don’t want “this”, you […]

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Invalid Presumption of Moral Superiority

Thursday, October 23rd, 2014

A reader commented that the problem with what you might call “strict Randites” is that they “seem to have a lack of compassion”. An APPARENT lack of compassion. Some do yes. Others simply recognize that it isn’t compassion, when one is being “compassionate” with other peoples time, money, and resources. Not a Randian by any […]

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Performance Enhancing? Nope… normalizing… But don’t try to tell the DEA that

Friday, October 17th, 2014

There’s a funny thing about my life… I’m not sure if this is comic, tragic, ironic or what… I spent more than 10 years as a serious competitive powerlifter, football player, wrestler, and martial artist, and another few years as a just a hobbyist. In that entire time, I never did a single “performance enhancing […]

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Scientists, Signalling, and Sides

Friday, October 17th, 2014

Recently, a scientist who I generally quite like… and who in geek circles has a lot of cred and “cool” (though he’s done a good job of beclowning himself in the past few weeks), Neil Degrasse Tyson; has used the big soap box of his reimagined “Cosmos” TV show, to essentially dismiss anyone opposed to […]

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What the Heck is a Muscular Minarchist?

Thursday, October 16th, 2014

I am a Muscular Minarchist. I believe in an absolutely minimalist government that provides a strong defense. I want a government that stays out of my wallet, out of my bedroom, and out of my business.

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“Climate Change”, and the false dichotomy of “evil or stupid”

Thursday, October 16th, 2014

As we run up to the midterm elections, the drumbeat is once again sounding throughout that land, that Republicans… or rather, everyone not Leftist… are “anti-science”, “pro-ignorance” etc… etc… I am constantly hearing some variant of “Republicans are either evil or stupid for not… X”. The sad part of course, is that a certain percentage […]

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Cost is NOT Price, and Neither Cost, nor Price, are Value

Wednesday, October 15th, 2014

Prices Provide a Misleading Measure of Dollar Devaluation Forbes Magazine Online – Keith Weiner There’s not a human being alive who doesn’t know the dollar is falling. Everyone over 25 has stories of what prices were like, way back when (and younger people have heard them). I remember when gasoline was 60 cents a gallon, […]

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“Bad” or “Wrong” or “I don’t like it” is not equivalent to “Unconstitutional”

Wednesday, October 15th, 2014

In a comment on someone elses post, another reader wrote “The DEA is an unconstitutional and illegal agency”. This bugs me… We frequently see these sorts of statements made about the DEA, the ATF, the federal reserve (where ok, there’s at least a rational and reasonable though flawed argument to be made… most of the […]

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Windowpanes, Pencils, and Paperclips

Tuesday, October 14th, 2014

A few days ago I wrote something on facebook that bears repeating here: A comprehensive understanding of the pencil problem, combined with a thorough understanding of the broken window fallacy (and its inputs and corollaries… Hazlitt for example), makes a pretty good inoculant against socioeconomic lies and stupidities. Although they are implied by the conditions […]

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The problem with “Wouldn’t it be…” and “Wasn’t it…”

Tuesday, October 14th, 2014

Progressive ideas usually begin with: “Wouldn’t it be great if…” (progressives are generally theorists) Ok, right there with you so far… Conservative ideas usually begin with: “Wasn’t it great when…” (conservatives are generally empiricists) Yup, that works for me too… The complication is the next step, taken by both progressives and conservatives: “Since that would […]

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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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