Category: Politics

More on De Facto Rights

Many times when I discuss natural rights with people, I frame the conversation into one of de facto rights. This is because I believe natural rights, as the founding fathers and others used the term, were rights which come from

China and the Problem of State Religion

State-lead religion has long been known to be problematic, particularly in the west, and more particularly in the United States. Today the United States has separation of church and state. This principal is properly understood as a reaction against the

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Liberalism, Homosexuality, and Social Media Intersect to Show a Little Truth in Stereotypes, Part 1

Stereotypes prove nothing, but it’s interesting to think about where they come from. Without doubt, some originate as baseless memetic humor or malicious gossip, but others seem to stem from generalizations based on anecdotal or even proper statistical information. This

Fact Checking Cabot Phillips on Dat Micky Deez

I have no idea who Cabot Phillips is but he made the following social media claim: Is that true or sensationalist? Yep, but I was able to produce similar results with easily accessible data, and there is probably some data

The Energy Conversation is Overrated

In 2013 I talked about how the planet would easily accommodate food and water for 9 billion people in 2040. In this article, I argue that the current Malthusian scare about running out of fossil fuels is equally overblown and

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Elon Musk, Secrecy, and Efficiency

It’s obvious in elementary economic theory that free information permits optimal competition, pricing, economic growth, and social health in many other forms. This theory, however, is often practically contested. This article gives a concrete example of secrecy impacting competition. Elon

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Mendenhall’s ECON 410 Public Choice Final Exam

The text below is Slade Mendenhall’s ECON 410 Public Choice Final Exam. Check out his course material and website here. Great stuff! Instructions: Below are questions based on the topics that we have covered this semester. They are interpretive in nature,

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Jerusalem, Israel, and Palestine

I expected to get roasted by my liberal friend and his liberal friends on a recent comment I made. I argued for the validity of the Israeli claim to Jerusalem. Instead I got lotsa likes. So I thought maybe it’d

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3 Problems With Libertarianism

Lauren Southern just released a video criticizing modern libertarianism. She’s got some points, but imo they mostly apply to the modern libertarian movement and not libertarianism qua libertarianism as an intellectual thingy. This article points out my three issues with

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7 Concrete Use Cases for Seasteading

Part of me fears actions based on abstract rather than concrete thinking. Seasteading has immense theoretical backing as an avenue for needed competitive governance, but where would the funding for a Seastead come from? Imho, the concern is not that

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