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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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,...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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,...

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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...

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