Ignorance and Equality

This short article mentions a few important considerations when discussing equality. What sort of equality is justified? Any, none, or somewhere in between? I say somewhere in between, spurred by a friend’s Facebook status as follows: Equality is the enemy of freedom. A striking quote with some truth to it, but let’s see if we … Read more

NAP Problems

I read a comment by a friend on Facebook recently about the NAP and it kicked off the conversation described and editorialized below. This continues my belief that the NAP is a weak grounding for economic analysis or derived normative claims relative to de facto property rights. Section II lists some articles on the site … Read more

McAfee’s Miscalculation

John McAfee is a well known technologist and member of the liberty movement. He invented McAfee anti-virus software, so his tech of choice is security, and he was a Libertarian Party candidate for President although he was bested in the primary by Gary Johnson. McAfee’s approach to security is essentially opposite my own: He takes … Read more

Conservatism According to Me

I consider myself to some degree a conservative and as such a member of the right. I contrast this with those on the left and libertarians who sit along another axis. I often hear complaints about the conservative movement, but as soon as the principles of conservatism are clarified, as I put them anyway, I … Read more

Technical Efficiency is So Underrated

This article anecdotally rants about how libertarians, economists, and others pay lots of attention to utilitarian efficiency and very little to technical efficiency. Refresher: Technical efficiency means that a given level of output is produced using the least-cost set of inputs. Economics has strong evidence for the astonishing claim that competitive economies will produce with … Read more

How Voluntaryists Claim Enforcement Would Work

This article will not make an argument for or against voluntaryism. Instead I will simply be describing the voluntaryist position as I understand it. I will describe voluntaryism in general and then focus in particular on the idea of how enforcement would work in a voluntaryist system. I will draw my information from three sources. … Read more

Frederick Hayek Supports “Do It Yourself” Libertarianism

Recently I noted that Jeffrey Tucker‘s term “DIY Libertarianism” very well sums up my preferred strategy on a variety of fronts including entrepreneurship, political reform and others. Today I noticed that Frederick Hayek has a great quote which perfectly places him as an advocate of the same idea: “The physicist who is only a physicist … Read more

“Do It Yourself” Libertarianism

This post is about a video interview between Matt Welch of Reason TV and Jeffrey Tucker, the executive editor of Laissez Faire Books. The focus of their discussion is initially about bitcoin, but they go much further than that. Here’s the video. At about 5 minutes, it’s not terribly long. In my opinion most of … Read more