earf

Socialism today is a much different animal than it was a century ago. Younger generations are largely unaware that socialism was originally touted by intellectuals primarily as an economic system with the capability to produce abundances of wealth unfathomable to a world yet burdened by the capitalist yoke, not so much as a panacea for […]

Confederate flag burning

My family’s ancestral home is a modest plantation with a sizable white house in New Market, Virginia just below Shenandoah Mountain. The plot of land constitutes a section of the “Field of Lost Shoes” on which the American Civil War’s Battle of New Market took place. To this day, bullets, buttons, and other war artifacts […]

oppression…

A few weeks ago, I was invited to a Facebook group that is intended to function as a place for debate between capitalist and communist anarchists. As one would expect, all the familiar communist tropes are present. In accordance with the Zeitgeist of our Occupy Wall Street era, they all upbraid the inherently oppressive nature of […]

border

I have been quite busy lately and have not had much time for blogging, for which I am terribly sorry. But this morning I encountered a comments-section argument so poorly thought through that it compelled me to place my face in my hands for a few moments and weep, so I must say something. In […]

Corporate_flag

Anyone who has ever been masochistic enough to visit the Being Liberal Facebook page or the Yahoo! Answers politics section has undoubtedly been exposed to the profound and scathing critique that “libertarianism is just anarchy for rich people.” (Probably the only more pervasive one-line dismantlings of a philosophy are “Libertarians are just Republicans who want […]

mew2

I absolutely must begin this post by making clear that I will not argue that Pokémon: The First Movie is a libertarian film that affirms the nonaggression principle or the sanctity of voluntary interaction. Over the past year, for every blockbuster film released, I have seen some libertarian blogger arguing that the film in question’s […]

friots

In what might just be the most desperate and absurd attempt to whitewash the Ferguson riots yet, Matt Bruenig of Gawker argues that rioting—“at the right levels”—is good. Granted, Bruenig does not parrot the destruction-drives-consumption talking points of charlatan—sorry, Keynesian—economist Paul Krugman. Instead, he chooses the somewhat more sophisticated, albeit far more absurd, argument that “rioting […]

worker's rev

In the last decade, technology has given rise to a new trend toward decentralization of means of production that threatens the firm grasp established producers hold over the economy. The proliferation of peer-to-peer and sharing economies has already shown its ability to disperse capital and produce more efficiently than large-scale firms. Taxicab companies the world […]

null-and-void

Nothing is more useful to the State than the notion that its rule is justified. As governments cannot forever rule by force alone, it is expedient for them if their subjects sense an air of legitimacy about the prevailing political authority. Prudent governments and their champion intellectuals tell a story of how those in power […]

wowu

It’s always seemed slightly ironic that a movement whose members were largely influenced by the works of a prolific female author would have so few women in it. Of course, Ayn Rand was no feminist (she did refer to herself as being a “male chauvinist”, despite being pro-choice and creating strong female characters who would’ve […]

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