Don’t Leave Me Alone. Steven Horwitz, The Freeman | Ideas On Liberty (2011-04-20).
One sentiment commonly expressed by libertarians is the desire to just be “left alone.” This is often meant politically: “If people would just leave each other alone, the world would be a much better place,” or “I just want to be left alone to do what I want.” And in...(Linked Wednesday 2011-05-11.)
INTERESTING QUESTION. Robert Paul Wolff, The Philosopher's Stone (2011-04-18).
Marinus sent me a long, very interesting email message, criticizing my dismissive attitude toward the Prisoner's Dilemma in Part Five of my tutorial on Formal Methods in Political Philosophy. I am turning that over in my mind, and will reply in a bit. But out of curiosity, I Google'd him,...(Linked Wednesday 2011-05-11.)
Do the Nannies Get Nannies? cherylcline, der Blaustrumpf (2011-05-11).
As incomprehensible as it is to shun both the Democratic and Republican parties, apparently it borders on incoherence to find fault with both pro- and anti-natalist arguments, or so it seems. This month Cato Unbound has a pretty good feature on the politics of family size–see in particular Matthew Connelly’s...(Linked Thursday 2011-05-12.)
The Opposite of a Nut-Punch. Jesse Walker, Jesse Walker: Reason Magazine articles and blog posts. (2011-05-13).
Well, not the complete opposite -- the NYPD comes off looking pretty bad. Still, this is the feel-good crime story of the week.(Linked Friday 2011-05-13.)
Last Time In the City. email@example.com (Τζούλια Ρήμπερ Πιτ), Propaganda Lalaland (2011-05-07).
Saturday was probably my last time at Red Emma's in a long while. I thought I'd go down there since I'm leaving Maryland on Friday morning and may not be back again until January of next year (assuming my study abroad plans will work out). I remember the last time...(Linked Friday 2011-05-13.)
When Police Interrogate Children. Wendy McElroy, The Freeman | Ideas On Liberty (2011-03-28).
On its surface, a case currently before the U.S. Supreme Court may seem to be legally trivial; it’s about a juvenile who stole from neighborhood houses. But J.D.B. v. North Carolina could redefine both the law’s “reasonable person” standard and what it means to be in custody. The case is...(Linked Saturday 2011-04-23.)
Knowing the Real Enemy. Kevin Carson, Center for a Stateless Society (2011-04-23).
In an article in Tikkun last year, Rabbi Michael Lerner argued that “[f]rom the standpoint of the large corporate interests, nothing could be better than to de-fund government or dramatically downsize it, because then it can’t constrain their economic power.” (“After the Health Care Legislation,” April 5, 2010). And now...(Linked Saturday 2011-04-23.)
Georgia to Execute Troy Davis, Despite Gaping Holes In State’s Case. Francis L. Holland, Gangsters in Blue (2011-04-22).
Troy Davis is about to be executed -- even though he may be innocent. Tell Georgia to spare Troy Davis' life. This is an emergency announcement from Color of Change: Dear Atty,In 1991, Troy Davis was convicted of murdering a white police officer. Though there's major evidence that Davis didn't...(Linked Sunday 2011-04-24.)
Derek Colling – Most Dangerous Cop in America. Ademo Freeman, Gangsters in Blue (2011-04-23).
Derek Colling might be the most dangerous (active) cop in the united states. In less than 5 years as a police office Colling has killed two, including one 15 year old boy, and was just caught on film beating a man for filming him – great write up and back...(Linked Sunday 2011-04-24.)
well, gene, i do refer to everyone from james madison to benito. Captain Capitulation, eye of the storm (2011-04-24).
well, gene, i do refer to everyone from james madison to benito mussolini as a 'statist,' and to myself as an 'anti-statist.' this does not of course entail that madison and mussolini agree on everything, but it does pick out the fact that they agree on one big thing. (of course...(Linked Sunday 2011-04-24.)
Help Christie Books publish Antonio Téllez Solà's "Facerías" Shawn P. Wilbur, Two-Gun Mutualism & the Golden Rule (2011-04-24).
Passing along a note from the Kate Sharpley Library: "Christie Books is planning to publish Facerías: Urban Guerrilla Warfare (1939-1957) by Antonio Tellez Sola and translated by Paul Sharkey, but needs your help. Please check out the link and consider donating to the publication fund through the chipin link on...(Linked Sunday 2011-04-24.)
Bakunin on Proudhon and Marx. Shawn P. Wilbur, Two-Gun Mutualism & the Golden Rule (2011-04-24).
James Guillaume, in the "Biographical Notice" in his French edition of Bakunin's Works, includes part of an 1870 manuscript written by Bakunin on the subject of Proudhon and Marx:Proudhon, despite all his efforts to shake off the traditions of classical idealism, nonetheless remained all his life an incorrigible idealist, inspired,...(Linked Sunday 2011-04-24.)
Changing Incentives Creates Security Risks. schneier, Schneier on Security (2011-04-14).
One of the things I am writing about in my new book is how security equilibriums change. They often change because of technology, but they sometimes change because of incentives. An interesting example of this is the recent scandal in the Washington, DC, public school system over teachers changing their...(Linked Monday 2011-04-25.)
In Other Words, Just About Everyone. Radley Balko, Radley Balko: Reason Magazine articles and blog posts. (2011-04-20).
CNN recently obtained a list of the "behavioral indicators" that could subject you to an enhanced security screeing by TSA. Included on the list: Passengers who display arrogance and verbally express contempt for security procedures. Because terrorists are known for drawing attention to themselves by irritating security screeners? Seems doubtful....(Linked Monday 2011-04-25.)
“Sunday Schools That Teach Children Anarchy,” from the New York Times (May 8, 1910) Rad Geek, Fair Use Blog (2011-02-02).
Here’s some more on mass-media reception of Anarchism during the early 20th century: a strange little piece from the Sunday New York Times magazine from May 8, 1910, on Anarchist Sunday schools in New York, focusing on the Ferrer Sunday School taught by Alexander Berkman. The Sunday schools were part...(Linked Wednesday 2011-02-02.)
C4SS Appeal. Roderick, Austro-Athenian Empire (2011-02-02).
Guest Blogs by Brad Spangler and Kevin Carson C4SS 1st Quarter 2011 Fundraiser by Brad Spangler Dear Supporters of the Center for a Stateless Society, I hope everybody had a happy holiday season and has been staying warm so far this Winter. Now it’s time to pay some bills …...(Linked Wednesday 2011-02-02.)
More on the Non-Existent "War on Cops" Radley Balko, Radley Balko: Reason Magazine articles and blog posts. (2011-02-03).
In my Monday column debunking the "war on cops" meme currently working its way through the media, I noted that fatal attacks on police officer deaths have dropped pretty dramatically over the last 25-30 years. Yesterday a reader sent me a link to this mostly unfortunate discussion of the column...(Linked Friday 2011-02-04.)
Does Gandhi Deserve a Place in the Libertarian Tradition? Mises Institute Daily Articles (Full-text version) (2011-02-02).
If you abjure all violence, you must abjure the state. Thus, while not all libertarians are pacifists, all pacifists are libertarians, whether they realize it or not (and, admittedly, a great many pacifists have not realized it). Gandhi, it appears, did realize it.(Linked Friday 2011-02-04.)
"David Corn, left, of Mother Jones and James Pinkerton of Fox. Captain Capitulation, eye of the storm (2010-11-06).
"David Corn, left, of Mother Jones and James Pinkerton of Fox News challenge Obama to cure Alzheimer's." a nice formulation! i would think the skills he picked up in law school would help a lot here. i challenge obama to save my immortal soul, or to predict the weather in...(Linked Saturday 2010-11-06.)
No Happy Meals, Only Happy Pills. cherylcline, der Blaustrumpf (2010-11-05).
I don’t mean to romanticize my own childhood, and I suffered plenty in the K-12 public school system, but it seems kids really do have it even worse today. Though I spent a lot of time outdoors, I’ve never been a very outwardly energetic person. I vividly recall a childhood...(Linked Sunday 2010-11-07.)
feministhulk: SO MUCH HEGEMONY TO SMASH, SO LITTLE TIME! HULK OFTEN RELY HEAVILY ON DAY PLANNER, THOUGH TRY TO STAY FLEXIBLE. Twitter / feministhulk (2010-09-01).
feministhulk: SO MUCH HEGEMONY TO SMASH, SO LITTLE TIME! HULK OFTEN RELY HEAVILY ON DAY PLANNER, THOUGH TRY TO STAY FLEXIBLE.(Linked Wednesday 2010-09-01.)
Concern About Police Secrecy = "Tilting at Windmills"? Radley Balko, Hit & Run (2010-09-01).
My column this week was about the continuing secrecy of Virginia's largest police departments and the way the state's law enforcement community is opposing efforts to make the departments even marginally more transparent. The journalist sounding the alarm about all of this is Michael Pope, who writes for Northern Virginia's...(Linked Wednesday 2010-09-01.)
Can Preschoolers Think? cherylcline, der Blaustrumpf (2010-09-02).
As I’ve said before, the NYT often shows up The Onion in terms of laughs. This week, the NYT featured an unintentionally funny article about preschool depression accompanied by even funnier photos: Kiran didn’t seem like the type of kid parents should worry about. “He was the easy one,” his...(Linked Thursday 2010-09-02.)
Social Individualism and Solidarity. Darian Worden, Center for a Stateless Society (2010-08-26).
A functional libertarian political order will rise the strongest from fertile ground. To maximize individual liberty it is necessary to promote the best kind of individualism at all levels. Controversy over the building of various mosques and the Park 51 Islamic cultural center shows the influence of anti-Muslim sentiment on...(Linked Thursday 2010-09-02.)
New Anarchist Platformist archive. Shawn P. Wilbur, Out of the Libertarian Labyrinth (2010-08-24).
Anarchism and the Platformist Tradition is a new archive with a nice collection of platformist texts, starting, naturally, with the 1926 Organisational Platform of the General Union of Anarchists (Draft), but including both prior and subsequent contributions to the platformist tradition. Whether or not you ultimately agree with the approaches...(Linked Thursday 2010-09-02.)
Practical support for microenterprise. Shawn P. Wilbur, Out of the Libertarian Labyrinth (2010-08-24).
I've been featuring the 500 Friends of Reading Frenzy! Kickstarter project in the sidebar here since it was launched. It's now in its last week for funding, and 75% on its way to a goal of $5000. Reading Frenzy is a remarkable operation: a tiny shop which has been able...(Linked Thursday 2010-09-02.)
E. Armand, "The Gulf" Shawn P. Wilbur, Out of the Libertarian Labyrinth (2010-08-08).
This short piece by Emile Armand appeared in Horace Traubel's The Conservator in 1910. It's an interesting piece to have appeared in a magazine dominated by the shadow of Walt Whitman—and an interesting example of Armand's thought.THE GULFAll the societies of the vanguard—Social Democrats, revolutionaries of all shades, various communists—say...(Linked Thursday 2010-09-02.)
What is David Brooks for? der Blaustrumpf » What is David Brooks for? (2010-09-02). Vulture Economics (Cont'd): every mushroom cloud has a silver lining. (Linked Thursday 2010-09-02.)
Some Hard Facts on Copyright. Kevin Carson, Center for a Stateless Society (2010-09-02).
I’ve referred to Nina Paley quite a bit in recent columns. Her song “Copying is Not Theft” and her Mimi and Eunice cartoons skewer the moral pretensions of the Copyright Nazis more effectively than just about anything I’ve seen. In a more serious vein, I just ran onto her interview...(Linked Thursday 2010-09-02.)
The Ruling Class. Jesse Walker, Jesse Walker: Reason Magazine articles and blog posts. (2010-09-02).
Few essays attracted as much attention from right-wing readers this summer as "America's Ruling Class—and the Perils of Revolution," an extended argument that an incestuous social set "rules uneasily over the majority of Americans." Written by Angelo Codevilla of the Claremont Institute and first published in The American Spectator, this...(Linked Friday 2010-09-03.)
Spinster aunt casts jaundiced eye at popular television show. Jill, I Blame The Patriarchy (2010-08-04).
Hollywood has long been recognized by the Global Cabal of Spinster Aunts as Ground Zero for American misogyny. Like everything that gurgles forth from that foul city, this Mad Men sensation that’s sweeping the nation has many sicko antifeminist repercussions. Never heard of Mad Men? It’s a “critically acclaimed” —...(Linked Friday 2010-09-03.)
Revolutionary Letter #4 by Diane di Prima. firstname.lastname@example.org, ARTHUR MAGAZINE (2010-08-29).
Revolutionary Letter #4 by Diane di Prima Left to themselves people grow their hair. Left to themselves they take off their shoes. Left to themselves they make love sleep easily share blankets, dope & children they are not lazy or afraid they plant seeds, they smile, they speak to one...(Linked Friday 2010-09-03.)