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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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Compromised Parties At War

Compromised Parties At War

I recently wrote of how our major political parties have become compromised by their cynical transactions, and how that state of compromise means that they both occupy the same solution space on many major areas of public policy. This includes militarism: there is...

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RIP, Fourth Estate

RIP, Fourth Estate

A funny thing happened on the way to the election. The Press, the Fourth Estate, the Commentariat, the watchdogs who work to keep government honest, an element of a free society deemed so vital to its continued liberty, decided of its own volition to become a state...

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A Taste of Things To Come

A Taste of Things To Come

George Orwell wrote of a world run by unaccountable Ministries that told people the words to use and the thoughts to think, that controlled behavior, and punished dissent ruthlessly and mercilessly. "Orwellian" has entered our lexicon, and we find example after...

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The Truth About Taxes

The Truth About Taxes

Joe Biden, if elected President, is going to raise taxes. Many (most?) people who plan to vote for him want him to do so. Of course, when they say "Joe's going to raise taxes," they really mean "Joe's not going to raise my taxes, he's going to take money from other...

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Where Are The Reforms?

Where Are The Reforms?

Seven months ago today, Breonna Taylor was killed by police in a drug raid gone wrong. One hundred forty-one days ago today, George Floyd suffocated to death under a police officer's knee. The former was highlighted by the latter, and the latter spawned protests all...

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OPM, Again and Again

OPM, Again and Again

It wasn't that long ago that one of the first things I'd hear out of committed liberals' mouths was their utter loathing of Citizens United, the Supreme Court ruling that affirmed that groups of individuals had the same speech rights as lone individuals. Or, in their...

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Politics and the Court

Politics and the Court

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg passed away yesterday. May she rest in peace. You will see (and probably have seen) many such statements today and the next few days. These statements will be followed by a pause and an opinion on what should happen regarding...

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Quelling Quackery

Quelling Quackery

Critics of libertarianism often resort to absolutist arguments, such as "without government regulations and oversight, people will die because crooks, quacks, and charlatans will be free to kill them." I usually dismiss these protestations as a variant of Washington...

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Pax Trumpicana

Pax Trumpicana

Hot on the heels of two substantial foreign policy successes (between Israel and the United Arab Emirates, and between Serbia and Kosovo), a member of the Norwegian Parliament has nominated Trump for the Nobel Peace Prize. If you were unaware of those bits of foreign...

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Hollywood’s Diversity Sham

Hollywood’s Diversity Sham

My morning news perusals brought me a nifty little snippet from the increasingly moribund Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS), an organization seemingly unable to balance its reliance on the masses to which it provides entertainment against the giant...

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Joe and The Mayors

Joe and The Mayors

Apparently, it took a shift in the polls to wake Joe Biden and the Democrats up to the fact that Americans are unhappy with the violence raging in many big cities. To put it mildly. Biden emerged from his basement bunker to deliver an "unequivocal" condemnation of...

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Looters’ Lives Matter?

Looters’ Lives Matter?

Back in 2014, a "writer, editor, and agitator" named Vicky Osterweil wrote an essay titled "In Defense of Looting," and published it during the unrest following the death-by-cop of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri (for the record, the local grand jury chose not to...

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RIP, Fourth Estate

A funny thing happened on the way to the election. The Press, the Fourth Estate, the Commentariat, the watchdogs who work to keep government honest, an element of a free society deemed so vital to its continued liberty, decided of its own volition to become a state...

A Taste of Things To Come

George Orwell wrote of a world run by unaccountable Ministries that told people the words to use and the thoughts to think, that controlled behavior, and punished dissent ruthlessly and mercilessly. "Orwellian" has entered our lexicon, and we find example after...

The Drug War Killed Breonna Taylor

Once again, the nation is agonized over a police killing of a person of color. Once again, mistrust between the community and the police rile riots that rope in the innocent. This time, it is the case of Breonna Taylor, killed in a botched drug raid. Once again,...

America’s Compromised Parties

Consider the phrase, "to compromise." In politics, it's the grease that lubricates the axles of government, and it's something we probably need more of today. Consider a slight variation, "to be compromised." In politics, it's the corruption of the mission and the...

Where Are The Reforms?

Seven months ago today, Breonna Taylor was killed by police in a drug raid gone wrong. One hundred forty-one days ago today, George Floyd suffocated to death under a police officer's knee. The former was highlighted by the latter, and the latter spawned protests all...

OPM, Again and Again

It wasn't that long ago that one of the first things I'd hear out of committed liberals' mouths was their utter loathing of Citizens United, the Supreme Court ruling that affirmed that groups of individuals had the same speech rights as lone individuals. Or, in their...
The Many Panes of Broken Windows

The Many Panes of Broken Windows

The aftermath of George Floyd's death under the knee of a police officer has cast a much-needed light on over-policing in our communities. The philosophical basis for that over-policing is the "broken windows" theory, which holds that degradation in small things will...

Another Lost Opportunity

Another Lost Opportunity

A window of opportunity opened, shortly after George Floyd's death, to make some real and good changes in policing, changes that would not only improve relations with minority communities, but would benefit policing as well. I discussed some of those changes in this...

A Place For My Trouble

A Place For My Trouble

Every morning I wake up, holding my breath while I turn on my phone to see the latest news. I think to myself, 'It can’t be worse than yesterday.' But when the news loads, I think, 'Ohhhhh, yes, it is worse.' Thus spake Barbra Streisand, legendary singer, movie star,...

A Tale of Two Memes

A Tale of Two Memes

Ponder the meme above. What do you see? Is it violent and thuggish government agents dispersing a peaceful protest? Or is it properly equipped law enforcement officers protecting individual and property rights from a violent mob? The meme's author is looking to make a...

When Seconds Count…

When Seconds Count…

This past December, a "good guy with a gun" stopped a mass shooting in a northeastern Texas town, putting (again) the lie to the anti-gun dismissiveness about civilians stopping crime. Right on cue, nanny-billionaire Mike Bloomberg chimed in with his trademark...

The End of the Middle

The End of the Middle

An old adage tells us, "the truth usually lies somewhere in the middle." Some old adages give us truth and wisdom. This isn't one of them. In fact, it's so not one of them that it nomenclated a couple logical fallacies (yeah, yeah, nomenclated is not a real word, but...

Cloward-Piven and Cullors-Garza

Cloward-Piven and Cullors-Garza

The social and cultural reverberations of the George Floyd killing continue, in ever-more-worrisome form. Major cities around the nation are devolving into criminal chaos, with shootings, homicides, vandalism, and looting spiking. Urban flight is increasing, with home...

Biden’s Law-And-Order Gambit

Biden’s Law-And-Order Gambit

Where's-Waldo Biden surprised a good number of my political friends (and me) and picked Kamala Harris to run with him against Trump (and, many speculate, to be President should he not complete his term). Given her unlikeability and her spectacular (and well-deserved)...

Manners Make The Peace

Manners Make The Peace

What are manners? Manners are the things that we agree to do, but we are not forced to do. This is the heart of the mask argument: if people don't do it because it's "just the right thing," it's not really possible to make them do it from on-high. When "no spitting"...

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...

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...

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,...

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...

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...

Peacefully Radical Transformations

Peacefully Radical Transformations

The Black Lives Matter protests, with their accompanying riots and all the sequels that brought them about, bring to the fore Leftist demands for fundamental changes to the American way of the classical liberal order. Let's review what that order gained us, and the...

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...

Progressives Need Aliens

Progressives Need Aliens

Six weeks ago, after roughly a week of clashes between protestors rallied by George Floyd's killing and Seattle police, a six-block section of Seattle's Capitol Hill neighborhood was 'occupied' and declared the Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone (CHAZ). Soon, it was...

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...

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...

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...

Change The Language, Change The Rules

Change The Language, Change The Rules

A few weeks ago, I posted this comment in a political discussion in my favorite Facebook group: The idea of canceling history and wiping out the past by judging it through the prism of 2020 culture and understanding may be a precursor to doing the same to the...

Weekend Musings #3

Weekend Musings #3

EDITOR'S NOTE: This is the third of a recurring (and likely irregular) series of quick-hits. Because, not everything needs a thousand words. Thanks for reading! An Odd Hill A few readers took umbrage at my use of salty language in asking (yes, asking, I made no...

Budget Cuts And Crime Spikes

Budget Cuts And Crime Spikes

The argument over policing policy prompted by George Floyd's death has reached a contrasting climax: on the one hand, protestors have taken to the streets in numbers not seen since the Civil Rights marches (in the midst of a pandemic, no less). On the other, we have...

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...

The Canceler’s Privilege

The Canceler’s Privilege

The loony-Left's censorship follies have run so amok that a passel of leading liberal voices gathered (virtually, I presume) to sign an open letter "on justice and open debate, which just ran in Harper's Magazine. Needless to say, the cancelniks were not amused. No...

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...