Strange Ideas

Sometimes, idea-oriented people have no shutoff valve.  Politicians often have this affliction.  They never met an idea that they didn’t like, but cost, intervention, and Rube Goldberg-ishness turn idea-attractions into love affairs.  Their confirmation biases block any words to the wise.

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

Have you ever known someone with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)?  I am very reluctant to label anybody in that way.  First of all, I am a follower of Thomas Szasz, who cautioned strongly against using labels.  Secondly, in the broader scheme of things, evolution may look like aberation from the sanctum of the “normal.”

What the Response to the Challenge of Jurisdiction Should Tell You

Challenging jurisdiction is a very effective way to reveal the emptiness of the claims made by law enforcement, prosecutors, bureaucrats, and politicians. These folks exist, supposedly, to protect us from predators and to lead us forward toward our collective destiny of equality and prosperity for all. That’s the constant message we receive throughout our lives, anyway. And it’s complete horseshit.