Archive for January, 2012

Changing Identity: From American to English-American, to Diasporic Englishman
Sometime within the past six months, I have unconsciously ceased to consider myself an American, and begun to think of myself as an English American - or even just a diasporic Englishman. It wasn't something I chose. It wasn't a decision. It was the res…
A Counter To Complaints Against Indefinite Detention
My libertarian friends seem to be making a lot of noise about recent policy that allows the USA to conduct "indefinite detention" in its fight against terroris. And, despite my desire to circle the wagons whenever possible, I don't have any problem with "…
The Arab Spring Demonstrates The Stability Of Monarchy
From Tyler Cowen - Arab Spring and the stability of monarchy Victor Menaldo has a new paper: This paper helps explain the variation in political turmoil observed in the MENA during the Arab Spring. The region’s monarchies have been largely spared…
The Second and Further Questions Of Politics
The first question of politics is 'why do I not kill you and take your stuff?' (Why should we form a cooperative order, versus a dictatorship) The Second question of politics is 'what are our property definitions, both communal and several?' (how shal…
The First Question of Politics
I've said this many times, but given what I've read today, I'll say it again: Per Camus, the first question of philosophy is 'Why don't we commit suicide?' That one question is one of philosophy's most informative riddles. But I have another ridd…
Proudhon’s Crusoe Presents A False Moral Dilemma
In reference to What is Property? Dual Meanings from Punk Johnny Cash at Gonzo Times, where the author uses the artificial moral dilemma put forth by Proudhon, where a castaway arrives upon a Robinson Crusoe island and is left to die because there are n…
A Propertarian Analysis Of Your Bedroom Activities
John Quiggin of Crooked Timber writes another misguided criticism of libertarian methodology in Keeping the state out of your bedroom. A standard theme in (propertarian) libertarian thinking is that personal freedom in matters such as choice of s…
EVERYTHING FRENCH IS BAD EXCEPT THE FOOD AND ARCHITECTURE
A quote from Hans Hermann Hoppe: Hoppe also condemned the French revolution as belonging in "the same category of vile revolutions as the Bolshevik revolution and the Nazi revolution," because the French revolution led to "Regicide, Egalitarianism,…