Tuesday, March 29, 2016
After the terrorist violence in Brussels many people, including Barack Obama, said we should not change our way of life and live in fear because that is what terrorists want. Maybe, but is that all they want? It seems that something important is left out of the story. In the classical model of terrorism, instilling fear (along with causing death and injury) is not an end in itself. It's a means to an end.
Monday, March 28, 2016
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Saturday, March 26, 2016
Friday, March 25, 2016
Tibor R. Machan, the indefatigably prolific libertarian philosopher, died March 24 at the age of 77. He was a founding editor of Reason and the author or editor of many -- many -- books, scholarly papers, articles, and letters to editors. Having first seen him speak in 1970 (as I recall), I worked with Tibor in several capacities and always found him interesting and challenging. I had disagreements with him, and he could be difficult at times. But he was, in my experience, a good person with an oversized love of life. Reason's obituary is here.
Tuesday, March 15, 2016
I'm an anarchist, but I still like this from Adam Smith (1755), a lovely man, indeed:
Little else is requisite to carry a state to the highest degree of opulence from the lowest barbarism, but peace, easy taxes, and a tolerable administration of justice; all the rest being brought about by the natural course of things. All governments which thwart this natural course, which force things into another channel, or which endeavour to arrest the progress of society at a particular point, are unnatural, and to support themselves are obliged to be oppressive and tyrannical.By comparison with today, how nice does "peace, easy taxes, and a tolerable administration of justice" sound?
Monday, March 14, 2016
The key to Donald Trump's presidential campaign -- the feature that explains nearly everything else about that toxic dump -- is his aggrieved-nation shtick. Just about everything Trump says (when he's not adoring himself or belittling others) is about how the once-great American nation has been humbled by the rest of the world. To hear him tell it, the United States is a 99-pound weakling who repeatedly has had sand kicked in his face by everyone. "We don't win anymore," he says. "We don't win with trade. We don't win with the military. We don't win."
Friday, March 11, 2016
If the American Revolution was in some large measure a tax rebellion, we should appreciate the bitter irony that the U.S. Constitution was in some large measure a reaction to a tax rebellion. It's another reason we can reasonably view the move toward the Constitution -- toward, that is, the concentration of power in a national government -- as a counter-revolution and something for libertarians to abhor.
Wednesday, March 09, 2016
Neither Bernie Sanders, the self-described democratic socialist, nor Donald Trump, the self-described terrific businessman, knows squat about economics. If their polices were enacted, regular working people would be harmed.
Tuesday, March 08, 2016
Friday, March 04, 2016
Thursday, March 03, 2016
Tuesday, March 01, 2016
I was a recent guest on Libertarianism.org's podcast series Free Thoughts with Aaron Powell and Trevor Burrus. Have a listen: "How Well Does the Constitution Protect Liberty?"