Did You Honor Secession on July 4th?

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This year, did you truly honor the meaning of Independence Day?

No, this isn’t one of those terrible 4th of July guilt trips. Did you have a barbecue? Good. Did you stuff greasy food into your face until you could barely move? No problem. Get so drunk you almost thought hitting on your bikini-clad cousin was a good idea (bonus points if her significant other was there)? Perfect. Did you completely forget about the troops for a blissful, fleeting day? Great, those bastards have already inserted themselves into every major holiday. However you had a blast, you were doing it right. Liberty means being free to have a good time, no matter how you may do that.

I’m talking about the spirit with which you commemorated the occasion. The reason for the festivities. Because whatever flag-waving, America-loving, patriotism-pimping vibe courses through Independence Day, let’s not forget what it’s all truly about: secession. [Read more…]

Why Liberty Attracts Scumbags

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News flash: I care deeply about the cause of human liberty. I believe government is the greatest blight on human achievement and well-being. Of all political labels I most closely identify with libertarianism. So much so, in fact, that I moved to New Hampshire for the Free State Project in order to join other like-minded liberty lovers in ushering in a new era of freedom and progress for mankind.

And, naturally, I’d want to believe that people who think like me are the best this world has to offer. Unfortunately, this isn’t always the case. Sometimes it’s very far from the reality.

Now don’t get me wrong, most libertarians are decent people. In fact, the majority of the most humble, generous, hard-working, kind, and intelligent people I’ve come across are liberty activists. I know many people of great achievement, selfless compassion, and brilliant humor who easily outclass their counterparts outside of the liberty movement. However, that doesn’t change the fact that a sizable chunk of this movement is comprised of some real lowlifes. [Read more…]

The 5,000-Life Question

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“First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.” -Mahatma Gandhi

The police state in America is coming to an end. And while its end may still be far off, we’ve passed the point of no return.

With horror stories about police misconduct abounding, law enforcement’s reputation is taking a mighty beating (pun absolutely intended). From the murder of Eric Garner and the targeting of the man who filmed the incident, to Walter Scott’s murder and attempted police coverup, to even petty incidents such as Philadelphia cops vindictively targeting college kids after losing a basketball game, the case against law enforcement is steadily growing. Add that to the more that 5,000 civilians killed by cops since the 9/11 terrorist attacks, and it’s easy to see why more and more people are viewing the police’s very existence as a net negative. [Read more…]