This question was asked at r/AskLibertarians, “Should something such as car insurance be required to protect an individuals property?” and my answer ensued the following conversation about the lack of insurance equating to an act of aggression. Enjoy!
“The main point about liberalism,” Hayek wrote, “is that it wants to go elsewhere, not to stand still.” My sense is that in the last few years, elements of the right have come to appreciate Hayek’s point. They became fed up with mere holding actions and have resolved to push a “positive” program. Unfortunately, it’s a state-saturated program that ought to make genuine liberals sick.
Corporations were just as greedy when prices fell in 2019 and early 2020.
Thomas Jefferson famously said, “Were it left to me to decide whether we should have a government without newspapers or newspapers without a government, I should not hesitate a moment to prefer the latter.”
Why did Payton Gendron (allegedly, but he live-streamed it, so it’s not like there’s much doubt) murder ten people at a Buffalo, New York grocery store on May 14? The pat, and at least partially correct, answer, is that Gendron subscribes to something called the “Great Replacement” theory. That’s mostly what we hear about in … Continue reading Suppressing Insane Ideas Doesn’t Stop Insane Conduct
This conversation started after a mock post to r/ShitPoliticsSays that went, “The worst thing about the January 6 insurrection was that they didn’t do a bit more damage”. The user that posted it and the commenter I was engaged with show as deleted. I had to use the Internet Archive’s Wayback Machine to get the other side of the conversation. Enjoy!
On May 10, Georgetown Law’s Center on Privacy & Technology released a report — “American Dragnet: Data-Driven Deportation in the 21st Century” — which you should find disturbing but shouldn’t find surprising. The part you should find disturbing: “ICE [Immigration and Customs Enforcement] has created a surveillance infrastructure that enables it to pull detailed dossiers … Continue reading Crime Begets Crime, ICE Edition
Over the past two years of social and economic disruption, U.S. education has experienced an extraordinary transformation that can best be defined by 3 “Es”: Empowerment, Exit and Entrepreneurship.
In his recently leaked first draft of an opinion that would reverse the abortion-rights cases Roe v. Wade and Casey v. Planned Parenthood, Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito gives Americans a choice between judges who read their personal preferences into the Constitution and judges who recognize only rights that they find “rooted in [our] history and tradition” and deem “essential to our Nation’s ‘scheme of ordered Liberty.’” Is that it? Neither choice seems an adequate safeguard for individual freedom.
Even if one considers the interests of unborn children more important than privacy, there’s no question that privacy would be a casualty of the ruling. It would allow state legislatures to ignore privacy in at least two areas — women’s uteri and doctor-patient relationships.