Monday, June 03, 2013
Saturday, May 25, 2013
Tuesday, May 21, 2013
• • Are online sales taxes only fair?
The Marketplace Fairness Act, which Congress is expected to approve soon, sounds like something out of an Ayn Rand novel. But it reflects understandable complaints from brick-and-mortar retailers who believe their online competitors have been enjoying an unfair advantage for way too long, thanks to Supreme Court rulings that bar a state from requiring a business to collect sales tax unless the company has a physical presence in that state.
Wednesday, May 15, 2013
• Sheldon Richman Talks About Bastiat, Left-Libertarianism, and (shudders) Jimmy Buffett
Longtime libertarian thinker and Reason.com columnist Sheldon Richman was just interviewed by University of Wisconsin music student and WashingtonTimes.com "Business of Living" columnist Joseph S. Diedrich as part of his interesting "Libertarian America" series. It's a fun read, covering everything from Ayn Rand to corporatism to pipe-smoking to Pink Floyd.
Tuesday, April 09, 2013
Saturday, April 06, 2013
• Love in the Future
Bruce Sterling’s new novel Love Is Strange (40k) is indeed strange. The latest from the founding father of cyberpunk, known in the biz as Chairman Bruce, invokes Brazilian voodoo, Italian fascism, Seattle royalty, time travel, and technology conferences as the backdrop for the confused and confusing courtship of two dashing and astonishingly self-absorbed romantic leads. The main characters spend a great deal of time in transit, looking for themselves and each other, all the while holding forth in quasi-Randian style about their ideologies, which center around the exciting, accelerating technological future.
Friday, April 05, 2013
• Come See Matt Welch Talk About Wacko Birds vs. Angry Birds April 4 in New ...
Rand Paul |
On Thursday, April 4, beginning at 8 pm, I will be giving a sure-to-be-contested talk at The New York City Junto, a group dedicated to "libertarianism, Objectivism, investing," about the split within the Republican Party between Rand Paul/Justin Amash-style libertarian conservatives and John McCain/Karl Rove-style GOP establishmentarians.
Wednesday, April 03, 2013
• • How Debt Ruins Systems
[Nassim Nicholas] Taleb: [....] I’m more of a left-wing conservative, if you want. reason: Ayn Rand called libertarians right-wing hippies. Taleb: There you go.
Friday, March 29, 2013
Thursday, February 14, 2013
Saturday, February 02, 2013
Friday, February 01, 2013
• How Big Government Undermines Freedom and Prosperity
Recently, the California Air Resources Board sent out a press release celebrating a $300,000 fine it imposed on a business. The quotation from CARB’s chief enforcement officer included this warning: “All business owners should pay attention to this case.” That’s like something uttered by a villain in an Ayn Rand novel.
Saturday, January 26, 2013
Sunday, January 06, 2013
• • NFL Player Chris Kluwe on Being a Libertarian
Atlas Shrugged |
[Q:] You tweeted recently that you had just read Atlas Shrugged. What did you think?[A:] Not a huge fan. I like some of Rand’s ideas. I think the core aspect she’s missing is empathy. Without empathy you don’t have stable society. What do you do when the real world intrudes? What do you do when there are earthquakes or disasters? If you don’t have concern for the people around you, eventually society is going to collapse. I think that’s one of Rand’s flaws. She doesn’t consider empathy to be a worthwhile trait.
Friday, November 30, 2012
• The Libertarian Case for Gary Johnson
If you don't vote for the (liberal) Democrat, this line goes, then mere anarchy will be loosed. All that is decent and civilized about America will forever be destroyed and we will be bombing indiscriminate countries into the Stone Age, women will go barefoot and be forcibly impregnated and shoved back into the kitchen and Paul Lynde will once again be closeted in the center square. The skies will once again be filled with the choking fumes of plutocrats lighting cigars with $1,000 bills featuring the image of Ayn Rand and power plants will once again exclusively be powered by grinding the bones of the poor, the tired, and non-unionized illegal immigrants. It will be the Hunger Games, but without the laughs.
Sunday, October 21, 2012
Thursday, October 18, 2012
Saturday, August 11, 2012
• • Obama’s Controversial Remark
The Fountainhead |
“Don’t bother to examine a folly,” Ayn Rand has a character say in The Fountainhead. “Ask yourself only what it accomplishes.”