A couple of centuries ago, a smart fellow known as Voltaire pointed out, “Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities.” This is a timeless truth.
If you want the vaccine because your opinion of the relative risks differs from mine, I want you to get it. If you get the vaccine, I hope it works or at least makes you feel safer — whatever you want it to do.
(My Eastern New Mexico News column for September 1, 2021)
I am not anti-vaccine. I’ve been vaccinated for a few things in my adult life because I think the risk of those vaccines is less than the risk or inconvenience of the diseases they are supposed…
Government is an automatic failure, from top to bottom, front to back, side to side, and beginning to end. A free society couldn’t possibly fail any harder. At this point, clinging to The State because you can’t think how the alternative would work is just a mental problem.
When you take a libertarian and whittle away everything nonessential — all the philosophy and politics — what is left is the understanding that no one has the right to use violence against those who aren’t harming someone else, and no one has the right to violate the property rights of others.
The headline on Reddit said “Conservatives are turning school boards into a battleground for culture wars. Struggling to push their agenda in other arenas, conservatives are bringing their buffet of grievances to schools – turning board meetings into an endless parade of ignorance, misinformation and just plain hatred.” That is a lie.
As rational thinkers since at least the time of François-Marie Arouet, better known as Voltaire, have pointed out, it’s dangerous to be right when those with power are wrong.
(My Eastern New Mexico News column for August 11, 2021)
As rational thinkers since at least the time of François-Marie Arouet, better known as Voltaire, have pointed out, it’s dangerous to be right when those with power are wrong. This is because it’s…
After Sir Richard Branson and Jeff Bezos both went to space — depending on how you define “space” — within days of each other, in rockets built by their respective companies, outrage activists got upset. Were people angry when Henry Ford first rode in a Ford automobile, or when Alexander Graham Bell made his first phone call?
It’s odd how everything related to dislike, or even just a preference that doesn’t include something, has been relabeled as “fear”.