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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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Tulsi Gabbard as Microcosm

Tulsi Gabbard as Microcosm

With the results of the New Hampshire primaries in, and with their doubling as Iowa's, after the debacle there, some patterns emerge: Amy Klobuchar's stock gained greatly. With the party at knives-out at everyone over diversity (everyone but themselves, until New...

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The Robots Aren’t Coming

The Robots Aren’t Coming

A few years back, I crossed a demographic Rubicon. I turned 50. In that instant, my societal relevance plummeted. Marketers, pollsters, and countless other makers and trackers of taste, trends, and zeitgeist lost interest in me. That's OK, since I've been losing...

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Faux Foie Gras Follies

Faux Foie Gras Follies

To a consumer of libertarian bloggage, the observation of the government getting something wrong would be a betrayal of bland banality. But New York City's foie gras ban is not just wrong, it is a case study in the ecosystem of government wrongness. The most obvious...

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Sunday Musings #1

Sunday Musings #1

EDITOR'S NOTE: This is the first of a recurring (and likely irregular) series of quick-hits. Because, not everything needs a thousand words. Thanks for reading! Marked Forever Hot on the heels of President Trump's impeachment acquittal by the Senate (and, truth be...

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To Serve, or to Rule?

To Serve, or to Rule?

William McGurn, over at the Wall Street Journal, recently pondered why Democratic Presidential hopeful Amy Klobuchar has declared that won't release her list of potential Supreme Court judges unless and until after she wins the Presidency. While it was standard...

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Death By Lawfare

Death By Lawfare

It is fitting this country be fraught, to the point of possible division, by our legal dysfunction. Our losing principle and clarity to our legal arms races are undermining the traditional foundations of the nation. The evolution is only emphasized by the latest...

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Paying for Prejudice

Paying for Prejudice

The women's rights movement did a bit of recent headline grabbing when Virginia's new-blue government ratified the Equal Rights Amendment. That the deadline for ratification passed decades ago (probably) makes this a symbolic gesture, although I'm sure many lawyers...

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Tilting At Ghost Guns

Tilting At Ghost Guns

The phrase "ghost gun" evokes spooky, sinister, and seedy-underground images of nefarious types doing Bad Things, especially in the minds of folks who aren't well versed in firearms knowledge and/or suspicious of guns in general. It's one you may have heard voiced,...

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Besieged By Our Mentees

Besieged By Our Mentees

Another war, with yet another Middle Eastern adversary, this time Iran, seems closer than ever. Iran's response to the killing of their hybrid-war-terrorism mastermind, Qasam Soleimani, seems a calculated saving of face, but the bloodshed is unlikely to end there. The...

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Too Big To Be Cancelled

Too Big To Be Cancelled

A couple writers over at The Post Millennial chimed in over the recent JK Rowling kerfuffle (for those unaware, JK caught the wild eye of the woke horde by tweeting support for a (female) researcher who got fired for stating that biological sex is real. Comparing the...

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The Left Goes LP

The Left Goes LP

There's an old gag about and among libertarians - that our favorite pastime is denouncing each other over trivial differences in view or belief. Indeed, no matter how hard I stump for libertarian ideas or for policy movements in the direction of liberty, I'm...

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Bernie-Bros, Meet William Hauser

Across the political sphere, I hear a common refrain: 'I like Bernie Sanders because he's sincere and honest.' And, yes, it is true that Bernie's stuck to the same message throughout his political life. He is indeed a true believer. That his true belief is an ideology...

Bernie’s Health Care Conceit

One of the cornerstones of Democratic Party Presidential front-runner Bernie Sanders' campaign is the full nationalization of America's health insurance. He promises that, by not only creating his "Medicare for All" program, but also prohibiting private health...

Tulsi Gabbard as Microcosm

With the results of the New Hampshire primaries in, and with their doubling as Iowa's, after the debacle there, some patterns emerge: Amy Klobuchar's stock gained greatly. With the party at knives-out at everyone over diversity (everyone but themselves, until New...

The Robots Aren’t Coming

A few years back, I crossed a demographic Rubicon. I turned 50. In that instant, my societal relevance plummeted. Marketers, pollsters, and countless other makers and trackers of taste, trends, and zeitgeist lost interest in me. That's OK, since I've been losing...

Sunday Musings #1

EDITOR'S NOTE: This is the first of a recurring (and likely irregular) series of quick-hits. Because, not everything needs a thousand words. Thanks for reading! Marked Forever Hot on the heels of President Trump's impeachment acquittal by the Senate (and, truth be...

To Serve, or to Rule?

William McGurn, over at the Wall Street Journal, recently pondered why Democratic Presidential hopeful Amy Klobuchar has declared that won't release her list of potential Supreme Court judges unless and until after she wins the Presidency. While it was standard...
Hating The Third Way

Hating The Third Way

A recent Wall Street Journal article noted that there's been a substantial decrease in illegal southern border crossings, despite the absence of the wall that Trump has been trying to get built for most of his Presidency. This should be welcome news to wall advocates....

Three Decades of Gun Rights Success

Three Decades of Gun Rights Success

The Democratic Party recently completed its takeover of Virginia's state government. Drunk with power, the party leaders have embarked on an aggressive agenda of progressive policy ideas, including major restrictions on gun rights. They follow in the footsteps of...

Usurping Judgment

Usurping Judgment

New York's progressives took a bold leap forward into woke-ville last year with some major "reforms" to the bail system, reforms that essentially eliminated cash bail for all but the worst violent offenders. While bail is not itself supposed to be a punishment,...

Our Cultural Reset

Our Cultural Reset

My wife and I have been working our way through Season 3 of The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, an Amazon Prime comedy that I strongly recommend. At this point of our viewing (mild spoilers), it's 1960, Midge Maisel's father, a mathematician and professor at Columbia, has been...

Cynical Draft Mongers

Cynical Draft Mongers

Let's see. Iran engages in a of provocations in the Middle East, beyond its long-running status as a state sponsor of terrorism in places like Israel, and culminating with orchestration of an attack on the US Embassy in Iraq. The US responds by killing the mastermind...

Dereliction of Duty

Dereliction of Duty

Government, especially limited government in a free society, has a core purpose: to protect and defend the rights of its citizens. From within and from without. Unless you're an anarcho-capitalistic parents'-house-cellar-dweller, or a socialistic/fascistic thug, this...

Little Smoky Joe

Little Smoky Joe

Weekends during my childhood often involved watching old Abbott and Costello films on one of the local television channels. One bit had Costello find Abbott and some other men playing craps. Costello naively asked what they were doing, and Abbott, thinking Lou was a...

Congesting Pizza

Bill De Blasio, current occupant of Gracie Mansion, and purported mayor of New York City, got his more-woke-than-thou knickers in a twist over the fact that some Dominos locations in Times Square were delivering pizzas to the revelers who'd gathered hours ahead of the...

It Can’t Happen Here

It Can’t Happen Here

129 years ago today, the US government massacred several hundred members of the Lakota tribe, many of them women and children, near Wounded Knee Creek in South Dakota. The government troops were there, onto their land (the Lakota Pine Ridge Indian Reservation) to...

Cheap Activism

Cheap Activism

Among the many bits of news and information that recently crossed my feed were two that offered a stark contrast in, lets call it "prog-activism." The first involved the staging of Mrs. Doubtfire in Seattle. Apparently, the Seattle Times, in an unsigned op-ed, took...

The Fukushima Rebuttal

The Fukushima Rebuttal

Regular readers know that I shill pretty consistently for nuclear power, both as the best path for remediating global warming (should remediation actually be required) and as a clean, pro-environment power source in general. I don't only do so on this blog - I argue...

Mining For Malice

Mining For Malice

In a long-ago conversation with someone of a social-justice bent, I offered up the element of the "Protestant work ethic" that's about "being left alone in one's toil," as a goal of people of a libertarian bent. The context was obvious, but my counterpart deliberately...

Dudgeon On Stilts

Dudgeon On Stilts

Comedian Chris Rock once asked his audience, "who's the biggest liars, men or women?" After a rowdy crowd response, he informed us that "men lie the most, women tell the biggest lies." His explanation is consistently hilarious, but he floored me when he told the women...

Dismissing Ingenuity

Dismissing Ingenuity

Tell me if you've heard any of these before: "Automation is destroying jobs, and before long we'll have massive unemployment." "Runaway population growth will soon exceed our ability to feed everyone." "We are facing a bee apocalypse due to Colony Collapse Disorder....

Nattering Nabobs of NATO

Nattering Nabobs of NATO

I choose not to watch television news. At all. No CNN, no Fox, no MSNBC, none of the broadcast networks. I much prefer to read my news, because the data rate is so much greater and because I don't care for the curating, drip-feeding, and editing-by-omission that is...

Progressives’ Plank Walk

Progressives’ Plank Walk

Election season has taken a bit of a break in the past few weeks, with the Trump impeachment show dominating the news and social media. That's not to say stuff hasn't happened, though. Kamala Harris just joined Beto O'Rourke, Bill De Blasio, Kirsten Gillibrand, John...

Happy Bill of Rights Day!

Happy Bill of Rights Day!

On December 15, 1791, the first ten Amendments to the United States Constitution, collectively known as the Bill of Rights, were ratified. 228 years later, we commemorate their enshrinement in the annals of human history. They affirm, in detail, the unalienable rights...

Woke, the Destroyer

EDITOR'S NOTE: This article is the first of several that will appear under an Anonymous by-line. Today's hyper-woke culture has dampened the ability to offer certain critiques without risk of unwarranted personal disparagement. The authors are known to the Editor, who...

When Liberty Is Racist

When Liberty Is Racist

A cornerstone element of the principle of free speech is that speech that one disagrees with, or finds offensive, must be as protected as speech one likes. Many have echoed this premise, with various forms of: I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the...

Misplaced Outrage

Misplaced Outrage

Greta Thunberg, the sixteen year old darling-du-jour of environmental activism, just got named Time Magazine's Person of the Year, presumably for having the audacity to blare "How dare you!" at the adults who aren't destroying their nations' economies by radically...

Clearing The Air

Clearing The Air

There are 86 coal power plants currently in operation in the US. Collectively, they have a capacity of 107 GW of electricity, and provided 27% of the nation's total power in 2018. They emit 1.97 billion metric tons of carbon dioxide each year. It is fairly well...

Gaga for Goo-Goo

Gaga for Goo-Goo

Back at the turn of the century - the 19th century, that is, a movement arose to battle against graft and corruption in government, by supporting candidates of a reform mindset. They were mockingly called goo-goos, short, of course, for "good-government." The term...

Luxury Beliefs and Lost Lives

Luxury Beliefs and Lost Lives

A joke/lesson that's been around since pre-Internet days posits two cows within different nations and/or economic systems. It's both funny and instructive (as my calling it a joke/lesson implies, clearly), and one version can be found here. Among all sorts of accurate...

Trump and Transactional Voters

Prior to the last election, a conversation among friends included an "admission" by one, an executive in a large corporation, who noted that the past years under Obama had been good for him economically. His company had done well, he had made money and risen in the...

Greening Away Reality

Greening Away Reality

Those who pay attention to the climate wars know that the green movement has little use for nuclear power, despite its zero carbon emissions, its physically tiny footprint compared to wind and solar, its much lower environmental impact (the massive mining of rare...

Other People’s Rights

Other People’s Rights

When it comes to individual rights, some, to paraphrase Orwell, are 'more equal than others.' In private life and free discourse, it should not alarm us all that much that a political writer prioritizes free speech, a churchgoer prioritizes religious liberty, a...

Harris’s Finger-Pointing Flounce

Harris’s Finger-Pointing Flounce

Kamala Harris, in withdrawing from the Presidential primary, exhibited a gracelessness that I hope dogs her ever and anon for whatever political career she may have left. She accused the American public of racism: You know, essentially, is America ready for a woman...

Reductio Ad Anarchium

Tell me if you've heard this one before: In a conversation about reducing over-regulation or getting government out of the way of people's free exchange of goods and services, someone trots out some "oh, I'm so clever" zinger like "move to Somalia," "people will...

A Day For Perspective

Thanksgiving. The truly American holiday, and one that can be celebrated both religiously and secularly. Its purpose is in its name, and it serves to remind us that we are social creatures, happiest and best-off when connected in positivity and gratitude with our...

Selective Adulthood

Selective Adulthood

A recent kerfuffle on the gossip pages involved the engagement of 65 year old Dennis Quaid to his 26 year old girlfriend. It'll be his fourth marriage and her first. Typing "Dennis Quaid" into Twitter's search field offered, as the third suggestion, "Dennis Quaid...

The Case For Junkie Welfare

The Case For Junkie Welfare

America's opioid crisis has been uniquely lethal. A look around the world shows us how other nations have mitigated it much more successfully. For starters, we can say drug policy in America is killing people through failure to adapt, but there are two other affronts...