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.

Recommended: Zero Aggression Project

Two of my favorite people from my Facebook days are Jim Babka and Perry Willis. (See here for why I’m no longer on FB.) They run the Zero Aggression Project and Downsize DC. I credit them with helping me to evolve my own voluntaryist thinking, especially in separating out the concepts of government and the […]

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.

Recommended: The Tom Woods Show (Podcast)

I’m subscribed to more than a hundred podcasts, but only three or four are explicitly libertarian ones. Most of the ones I’ve sampled are simply too unfocused, sloppily produced or even juvenile for my tastes. The Tom Woods Show is a happy exception to the general run of such podcasts.

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 […]

Seven Wrong Reasons to Cut Taxes, One Terrible One, and One Correct One

People who argue for cutting taxes usually do so for the wrong reasons. If you view taxes as a moral issue, which I do, then there is only one correct reason for cutting taxes or, preferably, eliminating them entirely.

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 […]