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Turn Thanksgiving into Gratitude Day

When something has been around a long time, it’s easy to take it for granted and stop seeing it. Sometimes you need to look at familiar things in a new way; from a different perspective. If you...

 

Living within rights grave responsibility

How different the news of recent weeks would be if more people understood their rights and responsibilities. Some say people who care about rights are trying to downplay responsibilities. For anyone...

 

Remember 'innocent until proven guilty'

The witch hunt swirling around accusations of sexual misconduct and rape in the entertainment industry exposes the worst in people. Both those who may have done wrong, and those excited to join the...

 

Treating vices like crime causes crime

Are you tired of watching government make the same tired mistakes? At least they could have the decency to make some new and different mistakes for a change. Which recycled mistake caught my...

 

Violation can't justify more violation

In the aftermath of any mass shooting, it is disheartening to see well-meaning people express their outrage over innocent people being violated by immediately demanding politicians violate innocent...

 

Libertarianism can and does work

From time to time someone will tell me they really like the idea of libertarianism; they only wish it could work in the real world. This reminds me of someone confessing they like the idea of...

 

Try to make the world a better place

People are always wanting to know the meaning of life. There is probably more than one, but a very good one is: Make your world a little better every day. You don’t have to think big. Start where yo...

 

Liberty an unappreciated necessity

It’s a human tragedy that most of us lack real appreciation for life’s necessities. We don’t appreciate things until it’s too late. Water is overlooked until you have to scrounge for every...

 

Politics rigged game I won't play

People often describe the things I write as “political.” They may not even intend it as an insult. I prefer to think of my views as post-political; beyond the obsolete sphere of politics. I wish...

 

Many misunderstand Declaration of Independence

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit o...

 

Ready to welcome you to free society

Are you ready for liberty? How ready? Few people are sufficiently ready for liberty to be willing to let go of government. At least not totally. Even while complaining about the corruption, expense,...

 

Bad guys win if we live in fear

In the aftermath of the Clovis library shootings, the community seemed plagued by fear for days. Fortunately, it seems to have mostly passed. Yes, a very bad thing happened, but do you want fear to...

 

Mourning the women who touched our lives

How do you tell your daughter, on her 10th birthday, that her friend has been murdered? There isn’t a good way, but I was forced to give it my best shot last week. I know I wasn’t the only one; a...

 

Government can't protect you from disaster

Each time there’s some potential calamity on the horizon, I hope people will have learned this truth from history: Government can’t protect you. I am usually disappointed. Whether it’s a hurrica...

 

Why not just ignore monuments?

If I were to give advice to the Leftist protesters across the country, it would include this: Ignore the monuments of your enemies. I have no love for those who built and strengthened the government....

 

Governments need and breed wars

If they have to debate it, declare it, or convince the public it’s necessary, war is not justified. The only ethical war is the one where you have no choice; where you see the whites of their eyes c...

 

Accidents don't deserve punishment

When an innocent person falls victim to a tragic accident, I hurt along with everyone else. Yet I part ways with most others when they start calling for the blood of the person who caused the...

 

Change happens one person at a time

The world has plenty of problems and something needs to change. Just about everyone agrees on this point, even if the details they’d like to change differ. Everyone probably believes they have some...

 
 By Kent McManigal    Voices    July 26, 2017

Is sacrifice of freedom worth it?

The belief that good things can come through government is based in the superstitious belief that the wrong thing can be done in just the right way. It’s a Utopian dream. Make no mistake,...

 
 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...

 

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