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So, You Want To Save The World

A friend shared this Twitter snippet, which apparently crossed her facebook feed, presumably shared by a friend of leftist leanings. Her (wholly accurate) rebuttal offered that actually believing this, but choosing to share a meme instead of "storming their houses,"...

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Gun Rights Lessons – A Series

The debate over gun rights and gun control stretches back decades, to at least the early part of the 20th century. It should, then, come as no surprise that there are quite a few recurring and oft-argued themes and positions in this long-running debate. Seasoned...

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SALTy Balls

SALTy Balls

One of the great truths of life is that politicians have virtually no shame, no matter how much they morally preen and scold others. I was reminded of this in reading that NY Senator Chuck Schumer and Congressman Thomas Suozzi are pushing to include a removal of the...

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COVID Cojones

COVID Cojones

There are times, in my blogging, that I am surprised by the degree of response to a particular topic. One such surprise was, and continues to be, the polarization around the wearing of masks in public places to help mitigate the spread of the coronavirus, the advocacy...

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Cancel Culture and the NAP

Cancel Culture and the NAP

By now, I'm sure you've heard of "cancel culture," the social phenomenon where aggressive defenders of the oppressed will not only criticize you should you act, write, or speak in a manner that doesn't conform to their demands, but will actively seek to punish you,...

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Mask Manners

Mask Manners

Would you find a politically-charged controversy about looking both ways before crossing the street perplexing? Would you be puzzled by its polarizing by political party, with finger-pointing across the aisle? Would you wonder what law (on the most lawed-upon people...

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Stealing Speech

Stealing Speech

Nigh-on twenty years ago, when I was living in the Sheepshead Bay section of Brooklyn, NY, and working with my family at our restaurant, I put a Libertarian Party sticker on the back window of my SUV. It was a beast of a truck, a Chevy Suburban K2500 in black, with a...

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Defund The Schools

Defund The Schools

Robby Soave, a senior editor at the libertarian Reason.com, offered us a 'lemonade' opportunity yesterday, by suggesting we "defund" public schools if the teachers' unions decide to seize their moment and ensure even less work for their members in the face of the...

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A Second Amendment Event?

A Second Amendment Event?

There's a public argument phenomenon that gun rights defenders and Second Amendment defenders are quite familiar with: "gotcha" questions written by the ill-informed. Step into any on-going debate over gun rights, and you'll almost invariably find the pro-gun people...

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The End of Excellence

The End of Excellence

One fine fellow over at the New York Times has posited that symphony orchestras need to be more diverse, apparently because the adoption of "blind" auditions, intended to eliminate racial and gender bias, haven't produced an outcome they deem acceptable. Wait... It's...

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Woke Word Salad

Woke Word Salad

I do enjoy going on Internet safari from time to time. I find visits to far-left websites and social media pages enlightening and informative, even though I find less and less in common with their denizens' views with the passage of time. Used to be, a libertarian...

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COVID Mask Follies

COVID Mask Follies

Have you noticed that our dear leaders have been all over the map regarding the wearing of masks or face coverings as part of the public response to the COVID-19 pandemic? Yeah, me too. First, masks were useless. Turns out that was a lie meant to ensure that...

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SALTy Balls

One of the great truths of life is that politicians have virtually no shame, no matter how much they morally preen and scold others. I was reminded of this in reading that NY Senator Chuck Schumer and Congressman Thomas Suozzi are pushing to include a removal of the...

COVID Cojones

There are times, in my blogging, that I am surprised by the degree of response to a particular topic. One such surprise was, and continues to be, the polarization around the wearing of masks in public places to help mitigate the spread of the coronavirus, the advocacy...

Cancel Culture and the NAP

By now, I'm sure you've heard of "cancel culture," the social phenomenon where aggressive defenders of the oppressed will not only criticize you should you act, write, or speak in a manner that doesn't conform to their demands, but will actively seek to punish you,...

Mask Manners

Would you find a politically-charged controversy about looking both ways before crossing the street perplexing? Would you be puzzled by its polarizing by political party, with finger-pointing across the aisle? Would you wonder what law (on the most lawed-upon people...

Making Money, or Taking Money

An interesting screed passed through my social media today. Interesting, not in a "hm, that makes good points" way, but in a "blindered by ideology" way. The author, Heather Cox Richardson, is a professor of history at Boston College, and a quick perusal of her...

Defund The Schools

Robby Soave, a senior editor at the libertarian Reason.com, offered us a 'lemonade' opportunity yesterday, by suggesting we "defund" public schools if the teachers' unions decide to seize their moment and ensure even less work for their members in the face of the...
When We Are All Made Equal…

When We Are All Made Equal…

When it comes to cautionary dystopian tales, most of us know the biggies. Orwell's 1984 and Animal Farm (the latter proffering up this blog's name) are the gold standard. Aldous Huxley's Brave New World is another classic. More contemporary writers have put forth...

One Idiot…

One Idiot…

Ever read something so stupid, you press the palms of your hands to your face in frustration? Fortunately, the Internet provides. Because I feel that frustration on a near-constant basis, I've collected a stash of face-palm memes, and offer them as appropriate...

Happy Independence Day!

Happy Independence Day!

When was the last time you read the Declaration of Independence? The whole thing, not just the second paragraph? It's not long - 1334 words. Should take you 5 minutes or so. 5 minutes wee spent, on the 244th anniversary of its ratification. Feel free to chuckle at the...

Always OPM

Always OPM

Were I tasked with offering one lesson about politics, whether it be to a group of wide-eyed high school sophomores, an over-educated class of grad students, or a conglomerated mass of voters from all over the political spectrum, it would be this: It's always about...

Policing Incentives Matter

Policing Incentives Matter

That incentives matter is a core kernel of debate between libertarians and Lefties (ok, and everyone else). They matter in police reform, and they explain why politicians have an incentive to maintain the status quo on the chronic problems they are elected to address....

A Nation of Chamberlains

A Nation of Chamberlains

I caught a chunklet of an Internet conversation the other day, wherein a couple obviously left-leaning (and intersectional) commenters offered a perfunctory dismissal of Thomas Sowell (and Clarence Thomas and Ben Carson, because Black Non-Liberals are all the same,...

On the Permanent Progressivist Revolution

On the Permanent Progressivist Revolution

The issue is never the issue, the issue is always the revolution. The process and the way it manifests About a month ago, I was requested to put together a longer piece on the process I can summarize by term "permanent progressivist revolution". I was spoilt for...

Special Revelation and Social Justice

Special Revelation and Social Justice

On my current reading list is a series of essays by libertarian writer George H. Smith on freethought and liberty. The ninth such essay discusses Deism, a form of religious belief that rests on a view of God as a non-interventionist "clockmaker." One of the tenets of...

The Wrong Priorities

The Wrong Priorities

The race debate prompted by George Floyd's killing rages on, with the protestors coalescing around a "Defund the Police" mantra, and their antipodes twisting pretzels in order to rebut the assertions of 'systemic' police racism. Just as I found the phrase "Defund the...

Who Needs Big Brother?

Who Needs Big Brother?

The American system of government has been described as a "great experiment," given how radically different it was from how the world operated at time of its inception. It was a huge success and inspired many imitators. That was a couple hundred years ago. Since then,...

An Honest Officer “Speaks”

An Honest Officer “Speaks”

A police officer friend of mine (then a paramedic, now NYPD) and I used to debate policing inside and out during our shifts together as a paramedic team. He was a law school graduate and an intellectually honest adversary. At the risk of treating him as a...

Corrupting the Moment

Corrupting the Moment

The BLM movement, which has emerged as the "voice" of the George Floyd protests, has chosen to embrace the mantra "Defund The Police" as its remedy to the problems and factors that have resulted in unjustified killings of civilians by law enforcement. As I recently...

Coercion is Useless

Coercion is Useless

As I read this long but interesting essay on arguments for and against religious persecution in history, I flashed back to my college and post-college gamer days, specifically a running gag I had with a friend. In the Dungeons and Dragons milieu, clerical characters...

Sloppy Slogans and Real Reforms

Sloppy Slogans and Real Reforms

Regular readers should, by now, be familiar with the reforms that we've proposed in the wake of George Floyd's death-by-cop. These reform proposals are by no means unique to this blog, of course, but the more of us that repeat them, the more chance that they'll be...

I’ve Known Many Chauvins

I’ve Known Many Chauvins

George Floyd's killer, Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, has a history that reminded me of an incident and individual from my days working as a paramedic for the FDNY in Brooklyn. My partner and I were dispatched to a developing riot. As we turned across Surf...

Twitter’s Apparatchiks

Twitter’s Apparatchiks

I recently read a mea culpa, posted on social media, by someone who food-blogs. Apparently, his lack of messaging regarding the George Floyd incident and the Black Lives Matter movement was deemed a punishable lack of support. In other words, his failure to comment...

Lockdowns, Riots, and 30 Round Magazines

Lockdowns, Riots, and 30 Round Magazines

The riots (and more germanely, the looting) that have come to dominate the George Floyd story have added to a societal paradigm shift initiated by the COVID-19 pandemic and ensuing lockdowns. People's easy complacency about daily life is being shattered, and replaced...

Goldilocks Policing

Goldilocks Policing

I have friends in the NYPD who describe to me constantly being approached by "youths" that make a finger gun at them and say something like "turn your back on me, piggie, and see what you get." A lot of the cops have strapped on extra guns ("better to be tried by 12...

Liberty, Order, and Chaos

Liberty, Order, and Chaos

As the George Floyd protests continue to be overshadowed by the looters, rioters, and the simply violent, people who are used to splitting everything into the standard left-right divide are cherry-picking their culprits. Progressives are blaming white supremacists,...

The Cost of Blind Solidarity

The Cost of Blind Solidarity

A good friend, former law enforcement, sharp as a razor, and eminently reasonable, shared this yesterday. It's a solid condemnation of those who are engaging in "safe-at-home" virtue signaling while accepting or even condoning the very real carnage and destruction...

Low Expectations and Moral Hazard

Low Expectations and Moral Hazard

The response to the killing of George Floyd by police has morphed from protests to violence. Looting is rampant across the nation. Reports (and videos) of assaults on shopkeepers and bystanders are swamping social media. Protestors, police officers, and unlucky...

Liberty and The Police

Liberty and The Police

The protests (warranted) and riots (unjustifiable) prompted by the horrific death of George Floyd under the knee of a police officer produce all sorts of stupidity masquerading as truth-to-power armchair wisdom. This morning, I found my email in-box loaded with half a...

The New Sixty

The New Sixty

Joe Biden was born on November 20, 1942. Donald Trump was born June 14, 1946. Barring a seismic shift in the political landscape, America's next president will be either 78 or 74 on Inauguration Day 2021. This will be a record, breaking the previous record (that would...

Target Misdirection

Target Misdirection

There's an interesting thing happening in the wake of the collapse of the Mueller probe and the Russian collusion narrative. The curtains are being pulled aside, bit by bit, and we are learning of misdeeds and shenanigans at the highest levels of government and law...

Convenience or Catastrophe

Convenience or Catastrophe

All over the landscape, whether it be real or virtual, the debate about re-opening the economy grows louder every day. The player-archetypes are both apparent and expected. At the extremes are the hypochondriacs and the hoaxers, and their excesses tend to drown out...

It’s Hard To Scream Nuance

It’s Hard To Scream Nuance

A political friend shared this observation on social media this morning: Group 1. Virus is not that serious open up and soon as possible and give us back our freedoms. The economy is dying. Group 2. Virus is very serious and we need to keep everything locked down as...

Language is Power

Language is Power

Language is information. Information is power. Therefore, language is power. My wife and I are working our way through Season 2 of Killing Eve these days, and a recent episode involved Villanelle (the main character who's not named "Eve") conversing, in English, with...

It’s NOT The Flu

It’s NOT The Flu

COVID-19’s comparisons with "normal" mortality from seasonal flu is a misguided mental model. "Why" is well illustrated in this must-read Scientific American piece by a front line clinician, and is the most important article I’ve read on what makes COVID-19 the...

Science! and the COVID Conundrum

Science! and the COVID Conundrum

As public consciousness of the COVID-19 pandemic's death toll gives way to the economic impact of shut-downs, border closings, and other mitigation measures, the matter of when and how to reopen the economy and lift restrictions on people's movements and behaviors...

Collapsing Context

Collapsing Context

Fond as I am of coining fun or memorable phrases, and amused as I am by the social justice Left's language gymnastics, I've developed a tendency to note the really good ones, of both the pithy and roll-your-eyes sort. Among my favorites of the pithy sort are George...