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 By Kent McManigal    Voices    July 12, 2017

Don't believe in gender grab bag

Contrary to enlightened opinion, I believe there are only two genders, male and female — with the occasional rare fluke of nature resulting in what used to be called a hermaphrodite. I don’t...

 
 By Kent McManigal    Voices    June 28, 2017

'Hate speech' protected after all

Mark your calendars — the Supreme Court got something right. Amazing, I know. What occurred on this notable occasion? They admitted the First Amendment protects “hate speech.” Of course it...

 
 By Kent McManigal    Voices    June 21, 2017

Satisfying watching parties fight

Besides being an experienced negotiator, I’m beginning to suspect President Trump might be an excellent magician. Or, at least an expert in misdirection. He gets observers to focus on one hand’s f...

 
 By Kent McManigal    Voices    June 14, 2017

Won't pretend a weed isn't a weed

I am completely in love with liberty. My own, yours, and everyone else’s. I want more people to understand it, love it, and live it. I am not afraid of you having and enjoying liberty to the...

 
 By Kent McManigal    Voices    June 7, 2017

Honorable codes libertarian at heart

A well-lived life is a journey to be a better person than the person you were yesterday. Perhaps, In the process, even to leave the world a little better for your having been here. How will you go...

 
 By Kent McManigal    Voices    May 31, 2017

Everyone a criminal by laws of today

Ayn Rand wrote “There’s no way to rule innocent men. The only power any government has is the power to crack down on criminals. Well, when there aren’t enough criminals, one makes them. One...

 
 By Kent McManigal    Voices    May 24, 2017

Personal responsibility not that difficult

Responsibility seems to be in short supply these days. It’s an endangered species; unpopular and under-valued. It doesn’t have to be this way. Being responsible isn’t hard. Don’t hurt anyone...

 
 By Kent McManigal    Voices    May 17, 2017

Exploring different views worthwhile

It is important to know where you stand on issues, and why. It’s equally important to understand the position others take. Especially when those positions are the opposite of yours. To understand...

 
 By Kent McManigal    Voices    May 10, 2017

Government shouldn't be in medicine

It’s 2017, ObamaCare is morphing into TrumpCare, and it’s still not about “care.” Instead, it’s about government controlling a huge segment of the economy, taking away choice, and robbing...

 
 By Kent McManigal    Voices    May 3, 2017

McManigcal: City-run range would be misfire

I love libraries, parks and zoos. However, I'm not selfish enough to believe other people should subsidize things I enjoy. For me to force someone to hand over their hard-earned money to pay for...

 

This is one debt that can't be repaid

Editor’s note: Vincent Heredia of Benton, Arkansas, last week pleaded guilty to negligent homicide in connection with the 2015 death of Cheyenne McManigal. He was sentenced to 72 months in prison....

 

Taxation is theft by government

Tuesday was the day sometimes called “Tax Day.” It’s not exactly a holiday, and about as far from a “holy day” as it’s possible to imagine. Some people get tired of libertarians pointing...

 

Property rights abused, misunderstood

Property rights is a pillar of civilization — a pillar that is crumbling from neglect, abuse, and misunderstanding. As long as your use of your property doesn’t damage other people or their...

 
 By Kent McManigal    Voices    April 5, 2017

Water solutions are out there

Water is a necessary ingredient for life, second only to air in importance. Even our food supply depends on the ready availability of water. Our primary local water supply, the Ogallala Aquifer, is...

 

All 'shoulds' flow from short list

Almost everyone seems to have opinions about what you and I should or should not do. Most are willing to impose their opinions through laws, which they are willing to have enforced with violence....

 

I'll never support government dystopia

Utopia isn’t an option. Even if you had the power to set up society the way you think it should be, reality would step in and make your Utopia imperfect. Expect the unexpected and remember it’s...

 

Government web of socialist programs

Frequently, people see a problem and demand government step in to solve it, without noticing government is the cause of the problem in the first place. Adding more government to a problem is like...

 
 By Kent McManigal    Voices    March 8, 2017

Don't fight politics with politics

Why has everything become political? It’s a tragedy. Politics drives people apart. It makes people miserable, angry, and sad. Politics makes people believe crazy things and gets them to defend the...

 
 By Kent McManigal    Voices    March 1, 2017

Law becoming justification for violation

You might be shocked to learn how little regard I have for the law. Or, maybe you wouldn’t. This doesn’t mean I approve of harming others, their property, or their rights; quite the opposite. It...

 

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....

 

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...

 

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...

 

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