Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Politics

Conservatives Against Liberty

Recently several prominent social and populist conservatives have attacked libertarianism. These conservatives, some of whom are allies in the fight against our hyper-interventionist foreign policy, blame libertarianism for a variety of social and economic ills. The conservative attack on libertarianism — like the attack on the freedom philosophy launched by leftists — is rooted in factual, economic, and philosophical...

Weapons of War On Our Streets: A Guide to the Militarization of America’s Police

Police Militarization
The claim often heard from those attempting to pass more gun control legislation is that all they’re trying to do is get the “weapons of war off our streets,” but it’s simply untrue that “weapons of war” are available to the general public. You’d last about three minutes in a conventional war with an AR-15, even with one of...

The TSA and Security Theater: Understanding American Airport Security Following 9/11

TSA Security Theater
Following the attacks of September 11th, Congress passed the Aviation and Transportation Security Act (ATSA), creating the Transportation Security Agency (TSA). The TSA replaced private security screening companies with one government agency. Since then, air travelers have bowed to pat downs, bans on water bottles and other inconvenient, intrusive procedures as the “new normal” at our nation’s airports. But does any of...

US Immigration Enforcement: Guilty Until Proven Innocent

In the United States, the legal system is supposed to begin with a presumption of innocence. If the government suspects someone of wrongdoing, it is up to the government to prove wrongdoing. The burden of proof lies with government agents. But that's not how the immigration system works. When someone is detained by immigration agents, it is up to the...

The Immense Potential of Liberty

In this essay I will piece together reflections on law, economics and meaning — specifically on how they connect in principle to structure healthy human organizations. While doing so I will interweave theoretical descriptions of how certain institutions and philosophies would change to accomplish that worthwhile goal. For introductory context, the ideas encouraging this essay are from the aggregated works of...

A National $15 Minimum Wage Would Be A Huge Mistake

The debate about raising the minimum wage is a hot topic among presidential candidates and voters across the spectrum. The whole Democratic Party is in favor of increasing the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour, and 56 percent of the American electorate agrees with that proposal. Prominent hopefuls in the Democratic Party like Bernie, Warren, Kamala or Cory...

Was The Korean War A Just War?

American wars have a story and a legacy in popular culture. That legacy tends to color the way that we view the history and nature of those conflicts and those involved with and surrounding them. As America's first major conflict after World War II in the fight against Communism, the Korean War is often used as an example of...

You Got My Vote, Mr. President

Why “The Star Spangled Banner” Should Be Replaced By Mastodon’s “Crusher Destroyer” As Our National Anthem by John Danek

Boycotting Boycotts

Another day, another controversy about Colin Kaepernick and so-called patriotism. This time, Nike pulled a line of shoes with the Besty Ross flag on the back because Kaepernick objected that it was flown in the slavery era. Others say it's objectionable because white supremacists have started using it. In any case, it's led to another call for boycotts against...

Five Ways State Interference Leads to Class Antagonism

A fundamental principle of the Socialist doctrine is that of class antagonism. The bourgeois, or the “rich”, its proponents contend, are necessarily in conflict with the working proletariats as the former seeks to enrich themselves as much as possible at the expense of the latter receiving lower wages than he considers appropriate for his work. Though this argument sounds...