Fighting Climate Change through Politics: The History Is Settled

The War on Drugs. The War on Poverty. The War on Terror. You might have noticed that despite the trillions spent, the intrusive bureaucracies created, and the human lives wasted — through imprisonment, dependency or violent death (including much spilling of innocent blood) — those problems still persist. In some respects they’ve worsened.

Sex Scandals, Ric Flair’s 10,000 Women, and the Little Matter of Consent

In an ESPN documentary, professional wrestler Ric Flair claims to have slept with more than 10,000 women. As far as I know, no one is calling for his head over this or demanding his arrest for sexual assault.

Voting Matters, So I Don’t Do It

A group called Democracy North Carolina analyzed this state’s 2015 municipal elections, and determined that 31 were decided by a single vote. There were also some ties. “Your vote matters,” is the lesson drawn, to quote the Raleigh News & Observer’s headline.

Excuse Me, but ‘We’ Are Not in Niger

I ran into an acquaintance at the store and we started talking about current events. “Did you know we’re in Niger?” he asked at one point. If I didn’t know better, I would have worried about his mental state. There we were, standing in the produce aisle of a supermarket in the middle of North […]

Catalonia, California and the Problem with Secession

Californians who are pushing for that state to secede from the U.S. are drawing fresh inspiration from events in Spain and the effort by Catalans to break away and form an independent Catalonian republic (according to an article I saw). As a general proposition I support secession, wherever it occurs or is proposed. The problem […]

Don’t Legalize Pot

Decriminalize it instead. Just repeal every law forbidding people from using, growing or selling it, and leave it at that.¬†Legalizing¬†has come to mean something very different: states creating new bureaucracies to license and control it, and imposing new taxes to fuel more spending on political projects. If this headline doesn’t give you the heebie jeebies, […]

‘The Congress shall have Power to lay and collect Taxes …’

Do you share my suspicion that those ten words of the Constitution were really the whole purpose of that document, and all the rest is just scaffolding and window dressing? P.S: The latest Republican tax “reform” plan is just silly tinkering (again), amounting to little more than changing out a minor gear or two in […]