Archive for July, 2011

Well, The World May or May Not Be Overpopulated – But It's Energy Production Not Geography That Determines Population Limits.
I love Don Boudreaux. But as a conservative, this post troubled me. It troubled me because while I agree with the conclusion, that conclusion isn't based upon sound reasoning, and would lead to policy that increased fragility. The World is UNDERpopulate…
Walter Russel Meade Falsely Calls Me A Racist And A Troll
Comments were shut down on Walther Russell Meade's site, and they called me a Racist and a Troll. I get called every name in the book. I'm a frequent critic of opposing viewpoints, more than a popularizer of existing libertarian ideas. So I interject oppo…
Mark Thoma Asks A Fallacy Of False Choice With "Which Tax Is Preferable?"
On Economists View, Mark asks: Is it important for taxes to be progressive? Or is progressivity in the net benefits the only important consideration? In this context: In Europe, the VAT is used extensively. VATs are regressive, but they're an importan…
A Letter To James Hanley
James, Most commenters on your site, and you yourself, frequently argue against the positions of that subset of libertarians called Rothbardian Anarchists and in the process smear the rest of the libertarian movement. Rothbardian anarchists have attempte…
American Conservatism Is Not An Ideology
The purpose of an ideology is to assist a group or class in obtaining political power. The purpose of American Conservatism is to prevent groups or classes from obtaining political power. It's that simple.…
Understanding Libertarianism As A Technical Philosophy
Over On "League of Ordinary Gentlemen" there is a very long thread fitfully attempting to be critical of Libertarianism. It’s interesting how almost no one on the thread understands anything other than what they've read in the popular press about liber…
We Don't Disagree On Objectives
On Modeled Behavior, Karl posts that Unemployment is 'Awful'. And he posts a chart illustrating that losing a job is a serious emotional experience. But, the most obvious conclusion from the data in that chart is that “separation from your social and …
Conservative Strategy Since 1980
The Leftist blog Economists View posts that Stiglitz writes that there is an ideological crisis in western capitalism. by which he simply means the "right is wrong", and Stiglitz is right. Really. That's all he says. And, of course, Stiglitz's analysis…
July 4th: A mistake?
I love my country. The world is a better place because of the American Constitution. And the evidence is clear that everyone has been better off having been an English colony than a French one. But the colonists declared independence largely to escape pay…