Unenforced Borders are not Open Borders

Related to the recent protests about Cuba, some of my friends have chatted anew on immigration and open borders. This article argues that the States under Biden have relatively unenforced borders in comparison to the Trump administration, and that unenforced borders have systematically worse incentives compared to open borders. The final conclusion is that open … Read more Unenforced Borders are not Open Borders

The Progressive-Conservative Hermeneutic

This article describes a hermeneutic, or a rule for scriptural interpretation, then gives a few examples of other interpretations that already use this approach and adds a new one. The progressive-conservative hermeneutic is an application of conservative logic to accepted scripture that results in a new understanding of scripture, where a new understanding of scripture … Read more The Progressive-Conservative Hermeneutic

Bad Arguments Against Anarchy: Inequality

A recent Facebook post objected: “Libertarians have a stubborn attachment to utopianism.” I initially passed it over, and it was eventually edited to state, “Edit: some libertarians have a stubborn attachment to utopianism.” Somewhere in this comments an objection to anarcho-capitalism emerged. A defense of anarcho-capitalism did interest me to engage, and I recount the … Read more Bad Arguments Against Anarchy: Inequality

Jack Dorsey, a Plausible Libertarian

I’ve listened to Jack Dorsey talk a few times including his discussions with Joe Rogan and Lex Friedman. Dorsey is CEO of Twitter and Square. Twitter is a revolutionary social media app and Square is a revolutionary payment processing app. Dorsey is technical in that he actually programs and he co-founded Twitter including technical code … Read more Jack Dorsey, a Plausible Libertarian

Documenting Voter Fraud and Irregularity in the 2020 Election

This article curates content from various sources demonstrating fraud and irregularity in the recent presidential election. This issue is still ongoing in the courts, but at the time of writing there has been some judicial recognition of the problem. There have also been many dismissed allegations. As of this morning, PA certification results have been … Read more Documenting Voter Fraud and Irregularity in the 2020 Election

Contra Flattening the Curve: Epidemiology vs Economics

This article discusses a major problem with epidemiological models that utilize a fixed value for healthcare system capacity. The problem is that healthcare system capacity isn’t fixed. As in all other economic goods and services, supply increases with demand. Regulators, policymakers, and academics are all too often acting under the assumption of fixed healthcare capacity, … Read more Contra Flattening the Curve: Epidemiology vs Economics

A Quick Note on the COVID Death Rate in the US

Political leaders have already jumped to leverage this crisis into pork for their interest, passing a $2 T package which is 50-80% nonsense. I’ll list some of the problematic line-items later in this post. My key point in this post is to highlight the fact that the US had the world’s best healthcare response before … Read more A Quick Note on the COVID Death Rate in the US

How Extreme are Nonvoters?

Jan-Willem van Prooijen recently published on Psychological Features of Extreme Political Ideologies. Prior research has been mixed. One thesis indicates that self-identified progressives are in fact not tolerant, but another thesis which is particularly popular in academia is the idea that particularly the political right experiences fear and derogates outgroups. A third thesis is that … Read more How Extreme are Nonvoters?

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 Anglican Church, wherein the government had both religious and political power. Before the Anglican Church … Read more China and the Problem of State Religion