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Chaos is a sign of accomplishment

Most of the political left, following the lead of the mainstream national media, is focusing on what they characterize as President Trump’s incompetence and the chaos that surrounds his...

 

Everyone deserves freedom to speak

On many college campuses, the students and faculty are so opposed to hearing anything other than leftist, “social justice” speakers, that they’ll threaten violence to keep other speakers away.... Full story

 

Building border wall won't end well

Whatever else it might accomplish, President Trump’s border wall has already divided America. I oppose the wall, believing it’s a bad idea, but mine isn’t a popular opinion — even among...

 

Political creatures can't run your life

Another election, another president. Some people are optimistic; others are wringing their hands in apparent horror. As with every president, I’m a disinterested observer. Presidents and other such... Full story

 

Keep an eye out for the unexpected

Life comes at you unexpectedly. Risks are always near — from aggressive people, the weather, or simply from Murphy’s Law. No matter where you are or what you are doing, expect the unexpected, but...

 

It's your choice to live in liberty

I want your life to be better. I want you to be happier. I don’t know your individual situation so I can’t tell you what to do to make yourself better and happier. Nor do I have the authority to...

 

New year good time for reflection

Although the start of a new year is completely arbitrary, it's still a good time to reflect on the past year, and look toward the future. Of course, any day is a perfect day for doing so. Just...

 

Government meddling catching up

Did the Russian government affect the recent U.S. presidential election? Maybe, but remind me again why I should care. You already know every election is rigged, because “abolish the office” isn... Full story

 

Fake news was best in the old days

Why the sudden uproar over “fake news?” Apparently, because many on the political left blame so-called fake news for Trump’s election. There has always been fake news. Nineteenth century...

 

Ignoring reality has consequences

When you ignore the rules of reality, you get hurt. Notice I don’t say when you break reality’s rules, because those rules can’t be broken. They can only be accepted or ignored. Ignore them at y...

 

All assistance should be voluntary

It is once again the season to remember the less fortunate. On one hand, you shouldn't need an annual reminder to be good to other people, but on the other hand, sometimes it's fortunate the calendar...

 

Opinions must change to fit facts

How often do you change your opinion about anything? When you do, what causes the change? With the reluctance toward changing an opinion, it's amazing anyone ever does, on anything. Yet, it is... Full story

 

One-size-fits-all system is immoral

Most libertarians would be perfectly happy to stand aside as you form any society your little heart desires. You could form a democracy, republic, theocracy, dictatorship, or even a nostalgic "Communist Utopia." Whatever melts your butter. It's none...

 

You can't give away what you don't possess

Can you give me an actual living, breathing tyrannosaurus rex? No. Why not? Because you don't have one to give. You can't give away something you don't possess — especially if it doesn't exist. So how can you pretend to give government employees...

 

Column incubator for feds ideas

Federal employees must read my columns and use the warnings therein as a blueprint for future schemes, just as Ayn Rand's "Atlas Shrugged" and George Orwell's "1984" seem to have been adopted as suggestions for governing rather than as the dire...

 

Using right tool for the job is key

Humans have always created tools to give them more power than would be available with bare hands. Hammers, can openers, computers, and guns are tools. The state — what most people mean when they talk about the government — is also a tool. Any...

 

Government supremacy belief is wrong

I find it sad that whenever someone wants to do something, the first question most people ask is whether government allows it, requires a license, or forbids it. That's truly tragic. I take it as a...

 

Government supremacy belief is wrong

I find it sad that whenever someone wants to do something, the first question most people ask is whether government allows it, requires a license, or forbids it. That's truly tragic. I take it as a... Full story

 

Order without coercion is possible

I have heard people say there is no point in being libertarian because there will never be a libertarian society. Or because there will always be bad guys who will take advantage of others. Or because...

 

Double standard makes government its own counterargument

Civilization depends on unwavering respect for property rights, and the recognition of the right to defend property. Without the ability to own property, use it as you see fit, and defend it from those who wish to steal or destroy its value, we... Full story

 

True freedom carries no demands

How much freedom do you have? How much freedom do you need? You are free to vote for people to take money from your neighbors on your behalf. You are free to vote to prevent your neighbors from using their property as they see fit. You are free to...

 

To know liberty is to love it

Why isn't liberty attractive to most people? It is a question that crosses my mind frequently. Thomas Jefferson said "Rightful liberty is unobstructed action according to our will within limits drawn around us by the equal rights of others." He went...

 

Biggest pest: Government-owned property

Clovis' Poison Pellet Program for prairie dogs shows some of the flaws with "public" property, and with the sad state of property rights in general. Some people, me included, really appreciate prairie dogs for their historical significance to the...

 

Not a libertarian? You're not free

So, you're still not a libertarian? Why not? Let's get beyond misguided religious excuses, justifications regarding "fairness" and overblown, irrational fears. What all these excuses boil down to — as reasons why you can't embrace libertarianism...

 

Rights don't change, even if details do

Recently a lot of anti-liberty advocates have tried to justify their opposition to the Second Amendment. They say it is "outdated;" that back when the Bill of Rights was written, the founders couldn't have foreseen semi-automatic rifles. That may or...

 

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